Manchester United manager David Moyes stated during his first press conference at the club on Friday that he was hopeful that new additions would be made in the near future and that he will strengthen his squad this summer.
But just who exactly is Moyes likely to bring in? He now begins to put his own stamp on a squad, which he has described as already strong, having won the Premier league title last season.
The main talking point in terms of transfers for United has been the Wayne Rooney situation. Moyes has given an update in saying, “he won’t be sold”, but a shroud of doubt seems to really surround Rooney’s future at the club. If anything does begin to move in that area, you would expect United will act on replacing Rooney, or perhaps at least covering a gap he would leave.
Barcelona’s attacking midfielder Thiago Alcântara is strongly reported to be on the verge of a move to Old Trafford in the coming days, which may well be the highlight of United’s spending this summer — with £17m being suggested as the fee. Thiago at 22 is by far one of the most promising young talents in Europe, but simply won’t get game time in Barcelona frequently enough. United don’t necessarily need him right now, but they have been crying out for an attacking midfielder for the past few season. Shinji Kagawa has shown the ability to be that key player, but as United well know, there is no harm in having multiple options, especially alongside top players. This seems like a real good bit of news and business for United, if it does come to fruition.
United have also been linked with Everton‘s Leighton Baines, however, it does seem that perhaps anything on that front is less hopeful. But, Moyes seems keen on various additions and again it is evident that it would be beneficial for another left back at the club. However, there is the argument that a younger left back may be a suitable alternative to Baines, with Patrice Evra still a sufficient and very useful tool in that area.
The longer shot of United’s transfer rumors is Cristiano Ronaldo. There seems to still be a slight hint of possibility in this, with Moyes simply stating that the club is “always interested in the best players” rather than denying any speculation. With possible attacking additions on the way and the various talented current options at United, you wouldn’t say United are desperate for another world Class player, but who wouldn’t want Ronaldo. As stupid as that may sound, the price tag always means that even if such a transfer is possible then other factors come into play. Uncertainty still seems to loom of both sides of that story though, despite what Real Madrid claim.