With the 20th English title in the bag, Manchester United fans can at last breathe a sigh of relief. They are so accustomed of United winning trophies every season, that last season was somewhat of an eye opener to them. Add to it, that they lost their crown to the “noisy neighbours” and their most bitter rivals, Manchester City. There was a sense of optimism from the start of the campaign and the team duly delivered with élan. The title was sealed with four games to spare and finally the red half of Manchester was merry again. The team looks good in most departments but to compete in Europe they must bolster their midfield and an aging defence. Here is a look at the top transfer targets for United in the summer transfer window.
Robert Lewandowski – Borussia Dortmund
The polish striker is one of the top strikers in Europe at present. He possesses all the attributes of a top striker. He can hold up the ball, play intelligent passes and shoot from distance along with deft skills inside the box. All his qualities were on display against Real Madrid, where he scored all the four goals for his team. His contract is due to expire next year and Dortmund will be looking to cash- in on the forward. He is believed to be valued at 30 million euro’s.
Kevin Strootman – PSV Eindhoven
United have rued the absence of a midfield enforcer since the legendary Roy Keane. Strootman can be the answer for that. The Netherlands international possesses a bite in the tackle, strength and the vision to play key passes from the centre of midfield. Strootman has showcased his ability to play as a deep-lying playmaker, a midfield enforcer and occasionally further up the field. His talent makes him an automatic starter. He is believed to cost United 17 million euros.
Leighton Baines – Everton
United made multiple bids for the defender last season but the transfer didn’t materialize. Sir Alex thinks him to be the perfect replacement of an aging Patrice Evra. Baines is one of those few full backs of the modern game who doesn’t neglect their defensive duties while attacking. A great crosser of the ball and a deadly set-piece specialist, his attacking play is as effective as it is joyful to watch. He is valued at 17 million euros.
Victor Wanyama – Celtic
Wanyama showed his class against the mighty Barcelona in the Champions League this season. His height, physicality, tackling and running makes him a promising young talent. His ability to slot in at centre-back gives him an added advantage. His price tag isn’t as heavy at 10 million euros.
James Rodriguez – FC Porto
The Columbian winger is a star in the making. Being left-footed, he offers something different to United’s current wide players. He is fast, skilful and can play on both wings and behind the striker. His ability to score regular goals is an added advantage. He is valued at 40 million euros by Porto.