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Who will United sign next?

KaneThe transfer window might not officially open for another six days but transfer speculation has been abundant from the moment Manchester United drew 0-0 at Hull on 24 May.

Having spent £150m on players last summer, Louis Van Gaal is widely expected to add to his squad ahead of next season, as he looks to turn United from top four finisher into genuine title contenders.

Van Gaal has wasted no time in clearing the decks at Old Trafford, with Radamel Falcao bringing his disappointing loan spell to an end, while Tom Cleverley has been released after not being offered a new contract and more departures are expected.

However, while the departure lounge at Old Trafford have been rather busy, the arrival gate has been extremely quiet following the arrival of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven, so far United’s only signing this summer.

While signings have been at a premium, speculations has been impossible to escape, as United are apparently interested in a different player every day.

However, if there’s one thing the Premier League has taught us over the years is that nothing can be taken for granted in the transfer window as odds on the latest football betting specials on Paddy Power show.

The transfer market is normally extremely difficult to predict but this summer, at least as far as United are concerned, the waters seem to be particularly murky.

Falcao’s exit and Robin Van Persie’s poor form in front of goal last season, mean United need to bolster their attacking options up-front, which, in turn, has seen them linked with Karim Benzema and Harry Kane.

The former is at 5/2 with Paddy Power to move to Old Trafford this summer and with United determined to play hardball over David De Gea’s proposed move to Madrid, the Frenchman’s name is likely to be mentioned in any negotiations between the two clubs.

Kane, meanwhile, is 4/6 to wear a red shirt season, despite having previously stated that he intends to remain at Spurs, even though he admitted he was “flattered” by United’s interest.

Benzema has, of course, proved his quality at the highest level, winning everything during his spell at the Bernabeu, while Kane is less experienced than the Frenchman but six years his junior and already has a Premier League season under his belt.

However, after scoring 31 goals last season, Kane is likely to be under extreme pressure to prove he wasn’t a one-season wonder.

While United are determined to add firepower, Van Gaal will be well aware of the need to shore up a back four that could soon be playing in front of a different keeper, given De Gea’s return to the Spanish capital looks inevitable.

With Mats Hummels committing his future to Borussia Dortmund, United have turned their attention to Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi, while rumours suggesting United are determined to sign Sergio Ramos have gathered pace over the last week.

Reports in Spain have suggested that Real Madrid could move for the Argentina international as they seek to strengthen their defence, which means United will have to tread carefully if they’re to secure one of the two centre-backs.

It is, of course, still very early in the summer but with Arsenal and Liverpool getting the business done early, United need to ensure they’re not left behind.

 

 

 

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. JARaven

    25 June 2015 at 04:55

    I would prefer Ramos over Otamendi. While he has experience playing in a back three, he does not strike me as a ball playing CB.

  2. David Oure

    25 June 2015 at 10:25

    Let Ramos be there instead

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