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Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Assessing Top Players Linked to Red Devils

KRAKOW, POLAND - JUNE 08:  Leighton Baines signs autographs after an England training session ahead of UEFA Euro 2012 on June 8, 2012 in Krakow, Poland.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Andres BoteroCorrespondent IJune 11, 2012

The Red Devils have been busy during the summer transfer window as Sir Alex Ferguson has been trying to add to the team's depth as they prepare for the Premiership League.

Here are just a few players who have contracts in the works right now or have been offered contracts by Fergie and the Old Trafford crew.

Manchester United still has its sights set on Everton defender Leighton Baines, according to Mirror Football. As of yet, no official deal has been signed but The Guardian reports that it is just a matter of time until Baines puts on that red jersey.

As Manchester tries to ink Baines, The Guardian has also revealed that Napoli from Serie A has expressed interest in him as well.

Napoli looks to add the international left-back because their player Andrea Dossena is a target for rival Italian team Milan.

As Andrea is heading out, they hope to plug in Baines so they can stay even with Milan.

Nothing substantial has occurred but if talks do become serious, Ferguson and his cohorts look to break those down and sign Baines as quickly as possible.

Switching to the front line, Manchester United looks to take star-striker Robert Lewandoski from Borussia Dortmund, making him the second player pursued/signed from that team in as many weeks.

Shinji Kagawa, his former Dortmund teammate, was signed last week to a contract within the range of £12 million-£17million.

WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 08:  Robert Lewandowski of Poland in action during the UEFA EURO 2012 group A match between Poland and Greece at National Stadium on June 8, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.  (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
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Mum's the word for Lewandoski, as he has avoided speaking too much about it.

He is currently focused on Poland's advancing out of Group A in Euro 2012.

However, Poland's national coach may have inadvertently leaked the fact that Lewandoski may be further along in contract negotiations than we thought, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

Manchester United has also focused on procuring Croatian midfielder Luka Modric from fellow Premiership team Tottenham.

According to media outlet Daily Mail Online, Sir Alex Ferguson has offered Modric a £25 million contract but all talks will be sorted out once Euro 2012 has been concluded.

As of now, Manchester United has a list of lucrative players who have been signed or are close to it. They hope that these additions will close the gap between themselves and cross-town rival Manchester City.


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