Manchester United are in the midst of transition. As of May 13, 2013, the club have started to see the rumors pour into the media since the announcement of David Moyes appointment to replace legendary 27-year manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Rumors abound for the Red Devils as they have multiple players from Everton linked with moves to the club as well as several stars looking to head out the door following their manager to a new role, but somewhere else.
From Leighton Baines and Maroune Fellaini to current United star, Wayne Rooney, the club have a lot to sort out in the coming months and it will be an interesting summer to watch and see what happens at Old Trafford.
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Manchester United are reported to be looking at a shock transfer for former Arsenal star and current FC Barcelona midfielder, Cesc Fabregas. According to reports from the Independent, David Moyes is eyeing up Fabregas as a potential long term replacement for want away forward Wayne Rooney.
With Rooney gone, Fabregas would be a natural successor to the playmaking roll that will have also been vacated by retiring veteran Paul Scholes.
The addition of Fabregas would also see the Spanish international reunited with former long term Arsenal teammate and still good friend, Robin Van Persie. The two were a lethal combination for Arsenal under the management of Arsene Wenger and they could also prove to be just that for Moyes is brought together.
Having Fabregas in the hole behind both Van Persie and potentially Javier Hernandez could be a much more potent offense than Rooney trying to fill the same position that Fabregas more naturally fills.
David Moyes knows that French international left back and current Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is not the long term solution for the club in that position. There is yet to really be a true successor to the Frenchman show his worth at the club.
Fabio da Silva was loaned out to Benfica this past season in the hopes that he would mature into his skill, but it appears that unlike his brother, right back Rafael da Silva, he is not looking to be making the grade.
Moving to Manchester United presents Moyes and the club with the opportunity to finally lure Leighton Baines to Old Trafford. The current second choice England international was linked to United last summer, but now that his former manager is making the switch over this summer he could likely be swayed to make the switch as well.
According to the Telegraph, Everton are hell bend on making sure that Baines remains at Goodison Park, but the financial muscle of Manchester United is likely set to see the Merseyside club inline for a long summer fight to keep their star defender.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for Everton attacking midfielder Marouane Fellaini according to reports from Metro on May 13, 2013. The club have been in the press this week about potentially being on the dealing end of a Wayne Rooney exit and along with other targets, including Cesc Fabregas, Fellaini looks a potential replacement for the want-away forward.
Fellaini has been one of the stalwarts of David Moyes’ Everton offence the last few seasons and he is one of a few Toffees that are expected to have a strong chance of following their former boss to his new job.
If Rooney leaves, Fellaini is a more natural replacement for the attacking midfield position in support of the strikers than his predecessor. Additionally the Belgian international’s height allows him to be a major target for balls over the top to the attack and would allow more avenues for the club to bring the ball forward than they have previously had in recent seasons.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski for quite some time. The Polish international has been highly coveted by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson but it is yet to be known if new manager David Moyes will have the same thought process.
According to the Guardian the star Bundesliga striker is not expected to be allowed to move to the English club, but there are many factors left to be seen.
If Borussia Dortmund win the Champions League, Lewandowski could be swayed to stay for at least another season, however, if they fail to defeat Bayern Munich at London’s Wembley Stadium in two weeks he is more likely to be looking to make a move this summer.
Wayne Rooney did his best to upset the already unsettled Manchester United applecart over the weekend as he handed in a transfer request at the same time that 27-year manager Sir Alex Ferguson handed in his resignation and the club appointed David Moyes as his successor.
The former Everton player is likely to have to wait for his old manager to decide his fate upon his arrival. Moyes sold Rooney to United in 2004 for a massive £20 million and he will once again be sitting in the position of having the same manager decide his fate for the future.
Goal.com writer Oliver Platt believes that Rooney’s arrogance and impulsiveness will see the striker live to regret his request. In response to Rooney not being selected to play over the weekend Sir Alex Ferguson had the following comment, “I think he wants to think things through in his mind; I think that’s a good idea. We’re not going to let him go. I think he’s maybe a bit frustrated that he’s been taken off once or twice in the last few weeks.”
More than likely, Rooney will be going nowhere this summer.