Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Top Targets for Reds' Midfield Void

Ross Dunbar@@rossdunbar93Contributor IIJuly 21, 2013

Manchester United manager David Moyes
Manchester United manager David MoyesBrendon Thorne/Getty Images

Champions Manchester United are preparing to click into gear toward the end of the summer window with their focus on a few players for the next season.

Thiago Alcantara went to Bayern Munich, but Cesc Fabregas could still be a feasible target for Manchester United this summer. Either way, David Moyes is decisive about the position he wants to bolster.

Speaking after Manchester United’s 5-1 win in Sydney, which was his first as United's manager, Moyes is pinpointing central midfielder as an area to strengthen, as ESPN UK report.

When I got the job, I was made aware of what could possibly be done to improve things. Signing a midfield player was one area where we thought we could possibly add to the squad.

It's hard to get top quality players who can come in and affect your team. That's why we're trying to go for what we see as the right players and the best players.

If you're a player and you're brought up to play football, and you look out of the window and see Old Trafford, if you've got any ambitions about being a footballer, and you're a top-end one, then I think you'll want to play for Manchester United.

So, in the hunt for a potential midfield dynamo, here are three alternatives for the Scotsman to consider:


Adem Ljajic

"For me, and I have told (Adem Ljajic) this, he should stay at Fiorentina for at least one more year, preferably longer, if he is to become a champion,” said Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella, via Team Talk.

His focus on securing Ljajic’s future at the club shows the Serbian’s importance to La Viola. The 21-year-old was ready to join Manchester United three years ago with countryman Zoran Tosic in a double-swoop from Partizan Belgrade. But United pulled out of the deal a month before Ljajic was due to join them.

The attacking midfielder has gone on to thrive at Fiorentina, maturing into one of the best midfielders in Italy. Last season, he scored 11 goals in 28 games in Serie A as part of Fiorentina’s exciting, youthful side.

With less than 12 months left on his contract, the Florence club would be prepared to sell Ljajic to cash in on him before the Bosman ruling becomes active.


Jordy Clasie

Feyenoord’s academy has a track record of fine talents, and one of the current crop, Jordy Clasie, will be a mainstay of the Dutch national team long-term. A lively, hard-working 22-year-old with great dynamism, it is surprising that Clasie’s future is still so uncertain given the talent he has shown in the Dutch Eredivisie.

A regular in the Dutch top flight for three years, including a loan season at Excelsior, Clasie has developed a maturity well beyond his years and recently showed in the 2-2 draw against Ajax his ability to keep on the ball and create from midfield.

His market value of £6 million, according to Transfermarkt, may be fairly lower than a future transfer fee with the Dutch international contracted at de Kuip until 2016. He’d be a fantastic addition, nonetheless.


Granit Xhaka

Perhaps a surprising option considering his form at Borussia Monchengladbach—but Granit Xhaka will soon become a key player at Borussia-Park.

Manchester United fans will be familiar with the name, losing to his former club FC Basel in Switzerland and drawing at Old Trafford. Whilst Xherdan Shaqiri headed for Bayern Munich, Xhaka went further north to Gladbach to join up with the European ambitions of manager Lucien Favre.

A similar style to Clasie, Xhaka can vary between the traditional No. 6 and No. 8 midfield positions. He is strong in the tackle, good in possession and likes to assert his quality on the game.


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