Manchester United’s summer wish list – 4 players David Moyes should look to sign

With ex-Everton manager David Moyes sensationally set to take-over from retirement bound Sir Alex Ferguson the first of several expected managerial moves at the top clubs this summer, we look to be set for a busy summer of transfers for managers and players alike.

In his first post for Proven Quality, Will Godley takes a look at potential recruitment targets for the new Manchester United manager – raids on his old club for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines aside.

İlkay Gündoğan – Borussia Dortmund and Germany

Position: Midfielder
Age: 22

İlkay Gündoğan has been in sensational form for Dortmund and will face Bayern Munich in the Champions League final

With Anderson on his way out of the club and Paul Scholes now finally set to retire, it would appear that Manchester United need more midfield reinforcement this summer if they are to retain their Premier League crown and to make a proper challenge for the Champions League next season.

The club are in need of an exciting playmaker that can not only pass but start attacks and dribble at defences. With this thought in mind I have come to the conclusion that Dortmund and Germany midfield maestro and one of this season’s outstanding Champions League performers Ilkay Gundogan, is the man the Red Devils need in the middle of the park.

Furthermore having played with Shinji Kagawa in midfield at Dortmund for two title winning seasons, it would be interesting to see if they could reignite that previously formidable partnership and if the Japanese playmaker could rediscover his form from the Bundesliga for the English champions with his former team-mate alongside him.

Having lead Borussia Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles in a row over the likes of Bayern Munich, Gundogan took little of the credit despite magnificent displays consistently throughout the seasons. Instead, players like Kagawa and Götze received all the plaudits, which was harsh on such a consistent performer. But not to be outdone this season he has upped his game to a whole new dimension as he has spear-headed the Ruhr-based club to the Champions League final at Wembley, putting in some masterful performances along the way.

What would he bring to the team?

The German international would bring a style of defensive pressing, quick ball distribution and an eye for the magnificent pass that the Premier League has never before seen. If he and Carrick could play alongside each other with Kagawa further advanced then Manchester United would have, hands down, the best midfield in the Premier League.

Also Gundogan would bring a sophistication and vision that would not just help United prosper domestically but also in Europe. It is after all, players like him that have played a huge part in the rise of German football in recent years and if we can, English sides should try and capture some of the players that are leading this new found dominance in European football to come from the Bundesliga.

Robert Lewandowski – Borussia Dortmund and Poland

Position: Forward
Age: 24
Robert Lewandowski is highly tipped for a move to Bayern, but if Dortmund are forced to sell, surely they would prefer to sell to a foreign club.

Robert Lewandowski is highly tipped for a move to Bayern, but if Dortmund are forced to sell, surely they would prefer to sell to a foreign club.

If we look at the current Manchester United side, their attack is probably their strongest attribute and therefore the least important area that the club will be looking to strengthen this summer. Although there is an exception, as one of Europe’s inform strikers has declared his intentions of leaving his current side Borussia Dortmund. This man is of course Robert Lewandowski.

However, United will have a real battle on their hands to be able to secure the Poles services, as German runaway leaders Bayern Munich are rumoured to be his favoured destination following strong interest from the Bavarians. On the other hand, having already agreed to sell one of their star players to Munich already this summer in Mario Götze, Dortmund would surely prefer Lewandowski to move abroad, therefore making Manchester United the favourites despite rumoured recent interest from Real Madrid.

With the likes of Robin van Persie, Chicharito, Rooney and Welbeck already at the club, there will surely not be another striker being brought in without one of the current squad being shown the Old Trafford door. Bearing that in mind, despite 3 years of good service Chicharito will have to be the man to move on for me, and could possibly be offered as a swap-deal for Lewandowski to persuade the Ruhr-based club to sell their star man to United. Wayne Rooney is also strongly rumoured to be leaving the club after having handed a second transfer request in two years to departed manager Sir Alex Ferguson, a possible attacking departure which would leave Manchester United with big boots to fill.

What would he bring to the team?

Having won the golden boot in the Bundesliga last season and scored a hatful of goals in only his 2nd Champions League season this term, the main thing Robert Lewandowski would bring to any team is goals, goals and more goals. His superb finishing, brilliant link-up play and eye for goal has helped make him one of the most formidable strikers around, and if United were fortunate enough to secure his signature he could not only score around 30 goals each season but lay on plenty to his team-mates as well.

Gareth BaleTottenham Hotspur and Waleshim

Position: Winger
Age: 23
Gareth Bale sticks his tongue out to celebrate a goal for Tottenham

Bale is one of the most sought-after players in Europe, but Tottenham will be hoping to keep him.

Having torn apart the Manchester United defence during Tottenham’s 3-2 win at Old Trafford earlier in the season, United are more than aware of the threat that the Welshman possesses. Having become the first man in to have ever won an individual awards treble of PFA player of the year, PFA young player of the year and Football Writers’ player of the year, Gareth Bale has been recognised as the clear stand-out player in English football this season.

Real Madrid are currently the favourites to secure Bale’s signature and with comparisons being made to Cristiano Ronaldo, United realise that convincing Gareth Bale to join the English champions is going to be a massive ask. However with the Premier League already in the bag and a virtually guaranteed starting place at one of the world’s best clubs due to the winger crisis at Old Trafford, Bale may be persuaded to stay in a league he is already more than comfortable in.

Watchers of the Premier League will be fully aware of the Spurs winger’s talents, having torn apart defences all around the nation for most of the season. Many have also said that the North-London club have been something of a one man team, due to his brilliant solo goals and high percentage of the side’s goals. True or not Tottenham Hotspur will be desperately hoping to hang onto their star asset!

What would he bring to the team?

Gareth Bale would for me would be the final piece in the jigsaw at Old Trafford and should be transfer target number one as he has the same ability that previous United great Cristiano Ronaldo possessed; that of being able to turn a game on it’s head and produce a match winning moment from seemingly nowhere.

He would also bring blistering pace and skill to the currently depleted United flanks and much more of a threat from free-kicks due to his near-perfect ‘knuckleball’ technique that we have seen on many occasions this season to the utter horror of goalkeepers but to the pure amazement of Spurs fans.

Furthermore the Welshman would bring a spark to United and an extra addition of pure quality that I felt deserted the Red Devils in the Champions League last 16 tie vs Real Madrid. Also, working with former Welsh counterpart and legend of the game Ryan Giggs would be extremely helpful for Bale as a model of how to treat your body and behave on and off the pitch.

Kurt Zouma  – St Etienne and France

Position: Defender
Age: 18
AS Saint-Étienne defender Kurt Zouma has become I highly coveted prospect following excellent performances in Ligue 1

AS Saint-Étienne defender Kurt Zouma has become a highly coveted prospect following excellent performances in Ligue 1

Despite the progression of the Manchester United defence as this season has gone on, there is no doubt that it could still be strengthened further with it also becoming obvious that despite young talents such as Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, the United centre-back partnership that stars veterans Ferdinand and Vidic could do with more young competition despite Johnny Evans making a strong case to break them up in the background.

Having watched many promising young defenders across Europe, I have come to the conclusion that the man needed is St Etienne and France’s Kurt Zouma, who at 18 already has a lot of admirers as well as a full France cap on the horizon.

Having becoming a crucial first team player for the Ligue 1 outfit, the Red Devils have been previously linked with this precocious talent. He will not come cheap, however St Etienne need the money and with another young star Aubameyang set to move on also, a fee in the region of £15m would probably seal the deal.

What would he bring to the team?

Kurt Zouma would bring a composure and coolness as well as confidence in his defensive abilities to go with superb raw talent. He would also push his way into the United defence within the next two years for me, as he has been given the right footballing education at St Etienne. I believe that he could soon become one of the world’s best and most accomplished defenders!

What did you think of Will’s picks for Manchester United this transfer window? Do you agree or disagree, or think he has missed a player? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to follow us on twitter and like us on facebook.

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