Who will United bring in this summer?
The likely departure of Cristiano Ronaldo is sure to leave a huge gap in the Manchester United team, but that gap can always be filled with the £80m in exchange for Ronaldo. Who will the Red Devils bring in this summer?
Frank Ribery, Bayern Munich: Well, here is a quality winger that may just be able to fill Ronaldo’s boots, but he definitely won’t come cheap. Ribery has an impressive goal record for a midfielder, and is one of the best player in the Bundesliga. Equipped with pace and vision he could be the ideal target. But, then again the German side want nothing less than £60m.
Antonio Valencia, Wigan: Terrific player who United have had their eye on for a very long time. Both Real Madrid and Man Utd were interested, but as Madrid have focused their attention on Ronaldo, it leaves Man Utd to snap up the Ecuadorian for a fee reported of about £16m. Good deal.
Karim Benzema, Lyon: The forward isn’t exactly a replacement for Ronaldo, but with the funds that United may have, Benzema could be one of their summer signings. Has all the right assets to flourish, what with an terrific goalscoring record and ability to terrorise the opposition defence. But the Premier League may prove a different, more difficult kind of football for him.
Carlos Tevez: His future here is doubtful, but the fans will not want to see the back of him. Did not play as much as he wanted to last year, but with Ronaldo’s move to Madrid, he could just find his most successful year in a United shirt.
Who Else?: Players such as Sergio Aguero (Athletico Madrid), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), David Silva (Valencia) have all been linked to the Premier League Champions. There were even reports that Sameul Eto (Barcelona) is a target, while Kyle Naughton of Sheffield United is another potential transfer.
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