It’s a sign of modern times. Transfer season, rumours spreading, and “ITK” twitter accounts claiming to know all the possible transfers. What they say can often be taken with a pinch of salt, with them rather more interested in gaining followers, than announcing concrete facts. Based upon newspaper reports, United have between £150-200million to spend this summer, backed by the bumper £750million Adidas contract, and revenue by the “world’s most valuable club.” That said, who is in and who is out this summer?
Robin Van Persie, Destination: Serie A or Fernebache. Fee: £8million
The Dutchman has had two poor seasons after his haul drove United to their 20th title. Despite thoughts that LVG’s arrival would invigorate the striker, with him seemingly edging closer to the exit door.
Javier Hernandez. Destination: Unknown. Fee: £8million
The Mexican made a limp impression during his loan spell at Real Madrid, with Los Blancos, despite a few goals in key games, they failed to exercise the clause and he will return to Old Trafford, with reports saying he is willing to fight for his place, if not, Southampton has been mooted as a likely destination.
Angel Di Maria. Destination: PSG. Fee: £45million
After enduring a challenging first season in English Football, it had been rumoured that the Argentine would be interested in a move to Paris. The winger and his family was shaken following January’s break in at his house, although he has recently spoken through argentine media saying he is ready to show his quality in Manchester following this summer’s Copa America.
Jonny Evans. Destination: Everton. Fee: £8-10million.
An academy product who has failed to meet his potential, the centre back has looked hopelessly out of sorts this season, culminating in his spitting incident with Papiss Cisse of Newcastle. With reports suggesting a 10million pound switch to Everton, many United fans would bite your hand off for such a fee, with the likelihood of him linking up with Tom Cleverley come August.
Morgan Schneiderlin, Southampton: Fee: £25million.
The south coast side’s combative midfielder has been ever present as Koeman’s side defied many to finish with a record points tally in the Premier League. Also an international with France, his experience could help settle a relatively new United midfield, as well as soften the approaching retirement of Michael Carrick.
Nathaniel Clyne, Southampton: Fee: £25million.
Another of Southampton’s rising stars. The pacey right back has had a breakthrough season and has developed since his move from Crystal Palace when he chose to snub United. A new contract has been signed and Liverpool are also interested, which may drive up his price.
Ikay Gundogan, Borussia Dortmund: Fee: 30million euros.
The German midfielder has stated his intention to not renew his contract with the Bundesliga giants, and it was reported a month ago that his transfer to Manchester was a ‘done deal’. However, talk has since cooled, with both Real Madrid and Barcelona also reportedly talking to the player.
Karim Benzema, Real Madrid: Fee: £45million
Real Madrid have had a season to forget, changed their manager and as such, may opt to reshuffle their squad. Benzema may be one of the casualties, as despite his good scoring record, he lacks ‘Galactico’ status, and may be the latest star to be put the sword by Florentino Perez’s regime. Nearly moved to Manchester whilst at Lyon before going to Spain, and would hopefully add goals to United’s underwhelming current strikeforce. Failure to secure his services also sees Edison Cavani of PSG linked, with a similar fee touted for the former Napoli man, having failed to settle in the French Capital.
Paul Pogba, Juventus: Fee: £70million.
Quite simply, the one that got away. The midfielder has developed rapidly in Turin, earning three consecutive Serie A titles in the process. Arguably the most sought after player in world football currently. Will have his pick of European Giants this summer, but may snub United for letting him go in the first place.
Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur: Fee: £50million
England’s new star. 30 goals in all competitions this season as he has stormed to stardom as Spurs’ “one of our own.” Would be a gamble for United to sign him, and fee would be hugely inflated due to Daniel Levy’s shrewd negotiation tactics.
Dani Alves, Barcelona: Fee: Free Transfer.
Fresh from lifting the treble with Barcelona, the Brazilian full-back will discuss his future in coming weeks, with United strongly linked. Recent reports have also touted AC Milan as a destination, yet LVG has been forced to play Valencia over Rafael, leaving Alves as a player with both proven experience and class at the top level.
Mats Hummels, Borussia Dortmund: Fee: £40million.
Another Dortmund player who United have held a long term interest in. The change in management at the club may allow United to finally get their man, but at a costly fee. Offers a true leader in the defence in a back four that has otherwise looked nervous and without authority.