Manchester United: Five transfer targets
Xavi, Leighton Baines & Gareth Bale would be ideal signings for Manchester United
Would Xavi switch the Nou Camp for Old Trafford?
Manchester United won the Premier League and were close to knocking Real Madrid out of the Champions League this season.
But things are changing at Old Trafford, with the manager Sir Alex Ferguson retiring and David Moyes taking over the hot-seat. Also Paul Scholes is retiring (again), Ryan Giggs is another year older and Rio Ferdinand will do well to play as many matches next season as he did in this term.
Here are five players David Moyes needs to sign to keep United at the top of the tree come next season.
With Rio Ferdinand being 34 and unable to play two games a week due to his injury problems and captain Nemanja Vidic also unable to play twice a week United have a problem.
With Premier League football at the weekend then UEFA Champions League matches midweek, you need your top players to be able to play every few days. This clearly can’t be done. Jonny Evans could come in but who would he partner? There is Phil Jones and Chris Smalling but both are very inexperienced when it comes to European football. One player who would fit the bill nicely is Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels.
He still is relatively young but crucially has Champions League experience. He also has won the German title so knows how to play for a team that wins. He will also be perfect for the future as when Ferdinand and Vidic leave in the next few seasons Hummels can be Uniteds top centre-back and will be able to form a partnership with either Jones or Smalling. He would cost around £25 million.
Patrice Evra isn’t the youngest and has regularly been criticised by some fans for his defending. The perfect player to come in and challenge Evra for that left-back position and eventually make it his own is Everton’s Leighton Baines.
He is fantastic going forward and just as good going back. He can score free-kicks and takes penalties which will add a goal threat and is an all round top-player.
The key to this deal happening is David Moyes. Having worked with him at Everton Moyes know Baines better than most and I’m sure Baines would like to continue to work for the Scot. The obvious lure of Champions League football and playing for one of the top teams in the world would attract him to. He would cost around £12 million and with Moyes at the helm this deal should be easy to complete.
United are lacking a strong, physical midfielder who can win possesion and drive forward. One player who can certainly do this is Celtic’s Wanyama.
He still is young to so can play for many years in the midfield. He has Champions league experience including bossing the midfield and scoring against a Barcelona team containing the likes of Iniesta and Xavi. He would cost around £15 million.
Now this deal really would be something. Xavi is one of the worlds best and is a spanish Paul Scholes. He can pass, shoot, score and keep possession. He will set-up the likes of RVP and Rooney and just control the game along side Carrick.
The Spaniard can still play at the top for three or four more seasons at least so would certainly fill the gap left by Paul Scholes. He would also make a great leader if David Moyes wanted to hand him the captaincy. He would cost around £25 million.
This would be the deal of the summer if it happened. When you have just won the league what better way to make sure you retain your title then by signing the previous seasons Player of the Year.
He would add everything to United. Pace, assists, excitement and goals. He would be a great asset to the team and would put United among the favourites for the Champions League. He would cost around £50 million.