It seems losing last season’s English league title in dramatic circumstances to cross town rivals, Manchester City, has pushed Manchester United to pull out the cheque books and go player hunting. Fans called out for the signings of players that could help bring the title back to Old Trafford in the coming season and from the happenings, the authorities at Manchester United have duly answered with the acquisitions of Shinji Kagawa from Dortmund, Nick Powell from Crewe Alexandria and of course Robin Van Persie from Arsenal. However, the thirst for players has not subsided and Manchester United are still reportedly on the hunt for one or two more players. The marquee signing of Robin Van Persie will greatly boost Manchester United’s strike force, and as long as he stays fit him and Rooney could form the Premier League’s most lethal striker force. The signing of Van Persie will also weaken Premier League rivals Arsenal too with a major reliance on Van Persie at Arsenal clear for all to see. So what transfer targets remain for Manchester United?
The young Spaniard has been turning heads since his early days at Valencia but, if the media reports are to be believed, Sir Alex Ferguson’s head has also been turned. He may be only 20 years but he has been touted as the next Fabregas and maybe that is what interests Ferguson. Officially known as Francisco Roman Alarcon Suarez, his exploits at La Liga surprise package, Malaga, have been brilliant. His 32 appearances last season were marked by lovely passes, good feet, great technique and the ability to play across the space behind the lone man in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Playing in an area where Fabregas excelled for Arsenal, Isco’s comparison to the ex-Gunner captain is well-placed. Man United may have Kagawa in a similar position but there is certainly no problems in having an abundance of talent in such an area. Man City can boast of Nasri and Silva as their creative hubs so Man United’s pursuit of Isco is no travesty of justice. Isco can also score as his 5 goal- haul last season for Malaga proves this but he is more comfortable doing the thinking for other players. Certainly, that means a lot of ammunition for Rooney, Van Persie, Welbeck, and Hernandez etc. He may well be the answer to Manchester United’s hunt for a quality central attacking midfielder.
Valuation: Market dynamics put Isco at about €8-10 million euros but Malaga might ask for more because of their current financial problems. Man United should be prepared to pay about €12 million for Isco for Malaga to let him go. However, following the sale of Santi Cazorla to Arsenal the player may well need to push for a move away from the Spanish outfit for any deal to take place.
The Everton left-back was Man United’s early target in the summer but until now, a move has not yet materialised. Everton have reportedly held firm over one of their most consistent players in the last 2 seasons as he made a combined total of 71 league appearances for the Toffees. He is an essential part of David Moyes’ plans for the upcoming season so that should explain why Everton have not been moved at all by the interest shown from Man United.
Baines is more of a conservative left-back. He likes to stay still and have a match-up with the winger. A quality that might have upped Ferguson’s interest in him because Patrice Evra’s rampaging runs up the field leaves United short down his flank. In addition, Baines shows more defensive solidity than Evra. And his ability from free kicks will be cherished by Manchester United. He will provide the perfect cover for Evra who has had to hold the left-back position for the last 5 or so years. He has been great but he is on the decline and that is not in doubt. Baines will certainly help a great deal.
Valuation: Everton have placed a £17 million price tag on their man and it will take some convincing from Man United for the Toffees to let Baines go for a lower price.
Red Devils, these are the men who are reportedly being eyed by Sir Alex and up until the 31st of August, 2012, rumours and speculations surrounding these players will only increase. They are good players and if the title is return to Old Trafford, targets of this calibre are needed sooner rather than later.
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