It’s that time of year again when media outlets link any player to any side in order to get people talking. Kaka to Spurs? Tevez to West Ham? Sneijder to Man City? – You know the drill. And Man United are no exception to this rule, with are plenty of transfer rumours in the air at the moment. Are Falcao’s Old Trafford days numbered? And who will be replacing him?
As far as Radamel Falcao is concerned, it seems he has not got much time left in a red shirt. Failing to impress at Stamford Bridge against the league leaders Chelsea could well have made up Louis Van Gaal’s mind, with his late effort that crashed off the post a bitterly disappointing one. The loan deal with an option to buy at the end will likely not be fulfilled, and he will be playing elsewhere come the summer.
And there is no shortage of players to replace the Colombian. First up, Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke. The second half of his season has been outstanding, and he has not struggled to find the back of the net. He has scored a staggering six goals in his last four games: including a hat trick at QPR. If he is finding it easy to score goals with Aston Villa, he will have no problems at Manchester United. He’s already scored against them this season!
If Benteke cannot be lured away from the Midlands, there is a back up plan. That player being Burnley’s Danny Ings. Ings is on the verge of dropping down to the Championship, yet many believe he is destined to stay up – whether Burnley do or not. The media believes he has a big club signing lined up, with Manchester United showing interest.
A Champions League goal has brought ‘Chicharito’s’ talents back to the spotlight. Chicharito’s dramatic late goal has gotten Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals, and immediately questions of the Mexican’s Manchester United future were asked. Will he come back? It won’t cost anything (bar wages, of course) and he is a proven goalscorer for the Red Devils. One goal does not make a player – but what a goal to score.
Away from strikers, Hummels to United is one rumour that refuses to disappear. Manchester United need to strengthen their defence, and Hummels would be perfect. But, this could be just another Sneijder rumour that surfaces but nothing happens. However, Klopp’s Dortmund departure is adding fuel to the fire and Hummels could be a Manchester United player after all.
His Dortmund teammate Gundogan has also been linked to Manchester United as the perfect ‘replacement‘ for Michael Carrick. Carrick has shown no signs of slowing down, and has been key this season, but he will not be at Manchester United forever. It seems Gundogan is on the radar in order to build for the future.