Manchester United Transfers: 6 Big Summer Rumours That Are Pie in the Sky

Peter Webster@@petercwebsterContributor IIIApril 23, 2012

Manchester United Transfers: 6 Big Summer Rumours That Are Pie in the Sky

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    When your team is Manchester United, anyone could be linked with a move to your club.

    With more money and draw than most clubs, Manchester United are one of Europe's powerhouses of the modern game, and with that accolade comes intense pressure.

    Pressure needs performance, and performance needs top-class players.

    Occasionally, though, people get a little silly and don't really consider the details of a transfer and whether it is likely to occur.

    Here are six big summer rumours that are pie in the sky—even for Manchester United.

Leighton Baines

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    The Sunday Mirror has reported that Leighton Baines could be a target for Manchester United in a £5 million move, but there's no way Everton would sell for that figure.

    Baines offers a lot in an attacking sense to Everton and is capable of providing some superb assists from the wing. Everton need money, but they aren't desperate to sell.

    With three years left on his contract, Everton are in a strong position to bargain for Baines, which should see his price rise significantly if Alex Ferguson were to make a bid.

    Baines could feasibly sign for United, but expect the figure to be at least double the one mentioned.

Oscar De Marcos

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    If Alex Ferguson is going to spend £26 million on a midfielder in the summer, I can't see it being Oscar De Marcos.

    There's no doubt Paul Scholes needs replacing, but Manchester United can have their pick of players that are a lot more more proven than De Marcos.

    The Mirror are claiming that the Athletic Bilbao player is at the top of Alex Ferguson's wish list, but Clint Dempsey could be purchased for half that money.

Wesley Sneijder

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    Wesley Sneijder has admitted himself that he would have joined Manchester United in January should a bid have come in for him.

    With his whopping wage demands reported to be £250,000 per week, Ferguson may deem Sneijder too expensive to be a worthwhile purchase and would surely look to secure a cheaper investment.

    The fact that no official bid was ever made for the Dutchman suggests Ferguson looked at the deal and decided to walk away.

Bryan Oviedo

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    Bryan Oviedo is the latest full-back linked to Manchester United as a covering player for Patrice Evra.

    Considering Evra has played in all but United's opening game this season, it hardly seems viable that the Manchester scouting team are desperately seeking someone to back him up.

    Plus, they already have the adaptable Fryers, De Laet and Fabio to call upon if needs be.

Eden Hazard

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    The Eden Hazard transfer saga has run for a while now, with multiple teams supposedly in the frame for the Belgian's signature.

    Despite Manchester United being a tempting move for the Lille winger, the plethora of teams interested is certain to drive his value up as a bidding war ensues.

    Whilst well off financially, Manchester United won't get involved if the player is overpriced, and considering Lille already value Hazard at £35 million, prices are only going to get higher.

Mesut Ozil

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    Mesut Ozil has a real opportunity to win a La Liga title coupled with a Champions League medal if results go Madrid's way towards the end of the season.

    Having begun to see more pitch time of late at the Bernabeu, there's no real reason Mesut Ozil would seek a move to Manchester United, despite the claims of

    The midfielder will be occupied in the European Championships for Germany throughout the summer, making negotiations protracted and more difficult than usual.

    Ozil may also be too inconsistent for Ferguson.

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