Reports suggest that Manchester United have stepped closer to signing Edison Cavani and Ilkay Gundogan after the duo have indicated that they are looking for a move away from their current clubs.
In desperate need of reinforcement, it is no secret that Manchester United will be planning a complete over-haul this summer after a disastrous campaign under new manager David Moyes. The Red Devils have slipped out of the title race and seem to be struggling to qualify for Europa League next year. However Moyes has also confirmed that Manchester United will sign top players this summer as they hope to resurrect a winning side.
Ilkay Gundogan has long been linked with a move to Manchester Unite after refusing to sign a contract extension at Borrusia Dortmund. The attacking midfielder has been injured since August last year and is an integral part of Klopp’s team at Dortmund. After reports broke out that Lewandowski would be joining arch-rivals Bayern Munich this summer, Dortmund seem very keen to latch on to their other youngsters with a long term contract. However Gundogan and Dortmund are yet to come to a conclusion and reports suggest that the youngster will be moving to Manchester United this summer.
Though Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke believes that the youngster will stay in Germany and that his contract extension is only a matter of few weeks, reports indicate that he may move to Manchester United this summer.
“As for the contract, it will not be a long, dragged-out affair. I think it is not going to be more than a matter of weeks.”
The German midfielder has impressed everyone with his performances and has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona. Madrid seem to have taken a keen interest in him and he was linked with a move last summer as a possible replacement for Xabi Alonso. However officials at Manchester United are keeping close tabs on the youngster and reports suggest that Moyes is very confident of bringing the player to Old Trafford after the World Cup.
Another summer target, Edison Cavani, too is looking for a move out of PSG this summer and is reportedly high on Moyes’ shopping list. The Uruguayan striker has been unhappy at his spell in Paris after playing second fiddle to Zlatan and is looking for a club where he can play as the lone striker. The striker has reportedly alerted his representatives to start looking for a new club and AC Milan, Real Madrid are keeping an eye on the striker along with Manchester United. This will come as a huge boost for United who are keen to sign the striker this summer however sources close to Cavani had earlier suggested that he will not play under David Moyes after having expressed concern regarding the manager’s capabilities. His price-tag might also pose a problem as PSG acquired his services for £55m and will not part with him cheaply. And so it remains to be seen if the striker will find his way to Old Trafford even though he has expressed his desire to move away from Paris.
Though David Moyes is sure to enter the transfer market with a long shopping list this summer, it is very important for the manager to get his signings right. He has already spent quite a lot of Fellaini and Mata, both of whom have failed to shine since making their debut for the Reds. While Fellaini has failed to sparkle, Mata is being deployed on the wings hence wasting his talent and suppressing his natural game. As Gary Neville pointed out, just ‘splashing money’ will not help David Moyes and that the manager will have to make sure his signings are absolutely right.
“The worrying thing is people think the right answer is just to go and chuck another £150million at it.”
“But it’s almost like you’ve got to know what’s wrong with the soup before you throw more ingredients in to make it better – and at the moment I’m not quite sure where you’d start.”
Gary Neville made it clear that it is not that United have not spent money in the past few months after reminding that David Moyes almost matched City in the past couple of transfer seasons.”
“The idea that United need to spend a load of money is very well. They’ve got money, but they have spent £80million already on Zaha, Fellaini and Mata in the last eight or nine months.”
“City have spent £100m and people in this area say they have spent a load of money, well United have spent a load of money as well.”
And hence the former Captain believes that just buying players will not be enough and has expressed concern regarding Moyes’ summer targets.
“So it’s not going to be a case of just throwing a load of money at it. They’ve got to get the actual signings right and get the recruitment right.”
“In the summer they wanted players of the quality of Fabregas, Bale, [Leighton] Baines and Ronaldo. Those types would have been fantastic and would have given everybody a lift.”
For example buying Edison Cavani might not be the best solution for United in the long run as United will be better off playing Rooney as a striker and Mata right behind him to make effective use of both the players.
While the season is due to end in a couple of months, Moyes should have his blue-print for United drawn in stone. He should know which areas to invest in and where to improvise in order to bring back United to the fore. As Neville said, splashing money will not be the answer to Moyes’ problem at Manchester United.