Manchester United Transfers: 10 Potential Targets for Sir Alex in January

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Manchester United Transfers: 10 Potential Targets for Sir Alex in January
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Whom would Manchester United want to sign in January and why?

Spend a little time Googling "Manchester United Transfer" and you'll come up with an amazing array of players who might take Sir Alex Ferguson's fancy-in January or any time.

Many of these are just fantasy. Of course he would like to sign Neymar, but Chelsea and Real Madrid are interested and, as last summer's business demonstrates, the wily old Scot majors on "value" in the market. That's why he was so relatively quiet in 2010/11.

And who can say he got it wrong? While he spent upwards of £50 million, he also shipped out some of his old boys and reduced his salary bill with the retirement of Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Edwin van der Sar.

De Gea has received rave reviews; Phil Jones has been compared to Duncan Edwards and is touted as a future England captain; and Ashley Young has been regarded by some as the signing of the season.

Sir Alex doesn't often do big business in January, but when he did in 2006, he picked up Vidic and Evra (now captain and vice-captain), for a combined £11.7 million. Nice business.

One of the difficulties the Boss has is that United will always be monitoring players and this will inevitably get out. Also, as with every other top club, if an agent wants to improve the package for his star player, he only needs to discreetly place a transfer rumour about United, or similar.

In this article we won't just be putting forward 10 Potential Targets, but also the factors to be taken into account in selecting them.

For starters, however, here is a fairly complete list of the players already linked to United in the last month or so:

Scott Allan

Thiago Alcantara

Nicolai Boilesen

Michel Bastos

Barry Bannan

Ross Barkley

Mason Bennett

Gary Cahill

Seydou Doumbia

Christian Eriksen

Javi Garcia

Mario Gotze

Paulo Henrique Ganso

Nicolas Gaitan

Marek Hamsik

Gonzalo Higuain

Stevan Jovetic

Shinji Kagawa

Mateo Kovacic

Milos Krasic

Matt Lecointe

Ezekiel Lavezzi

Marko Marin

Luka Modric

Riccardo Montolivo

Lucas Ocampos

Mezut Ozil

Robin van Persie

Daniele de Rossi

Thiago Silva

Wesley Sneijder

Bruno Soriano

Brek Shea

Ricky van Wolfswinkel

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