Exciting transfer times ahead for Man Utd despite Moyes exit
Much of the recent talk surrounding Manchester United has been about the sacking of David Moyes and his potential successor but, behind the scenes, the club are still doing transfer business.
The likes of Edinson Cavani, Cesc Fabregas and Luke Shaw are all reported targets, while Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck could be on their way out. United desperately need to change their fortunes around for next season, and hope to beat their odds of being fourth-favourites to win next term’s Premier League at 8/1.
Reports suggest that the Red Devils are lining up a move for PSG striker Cavani. The Uruguayan, however, who has been largely overshadowed this season up front by Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, would likely cost in the region of £60m.
Should Cavani join Old Trafford, that could signal the end for Javier Hernandez and/or Welbeck, with the latter being linked with a switch to Everton.
The 23-year-old Manchester-born United youth product has greatly improved his last season’s stats, of getting two goals from 40 appearances in all competitions, but it seems fans and the club are losing their patience.
Roberto Martinez is seeking a replacement for on-loan front man Romelu Lukaku, and could miss out on signing the big Belgian permanently due to his £20m asking price, while the Toffees’ possible failure to qualify for the Champions League (10/3 to finish in top four) could be a huge factor.
Another United flop on Everton’s radar is Cleverley. Martinez brought the 24-year-old on loan while he was Wigan boss, and the England international impressed in an advanced position.
Although he plays further back for the Red Devils, Spaniard Martinez could see him as a ready-made replacement for the ageing Leon Osman and, with one year left on his contract, Cleverley could be available at a cut price.
United, meanwhile, are also reportedly set to revitalise their interest in former Arsenal captain Fabregas. The current Barcelona midfielder has not enjoyed this season as much as when he first rejoined the club he grew up at. A recent poll from Barca fans said that 50 per cent want him out.
With the centre of the park a massive weakness for United, the signing of Fabregas, to link up with fellow Spain international Juan Mata and former Gunners teammate Robin van Persie, would surely give the club a massive boost.
Lastly, Southampton’s Shaw, despite being a childhood Chelsea supporter, is said to be on his way to Old Trafford in the summer as a replacement for left back Patrice Evra. United are reportedly set to offer the England cap £100k per-week, on top of a £30m transfer fee.