Manchester United Transfer News: Ronaldo, Draxler, Begovic And Anderson Discussed In Latest Speculation

 @JasonLeMiere on March 19 2013 1:07 PM
Asmir Begovic
Asmir Begovic has been a consistent performer for Stoke this season. Reuters

While Manchester United appear poised to earn yet another Premier League title, there continue to be reports of additional high-profile players linked to Old Trafford.

Stoke City are hopeful of attracting offers approaching £20 million for Manchester United target Asmir Begovic this summer, according to the Daily Telegraph.

United have been linked with the Bosnian goalkeeper for some time, while Arsenal and Chelsea are also credited with an interest. It is believed that Stoke are anticipating a bidding war that could help push up the price for Begovic.

The Telegraph reports that Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to sign an experienced goalkeeper to pressure current United first choice David de Gea. The 22-year-old Spaniard has impressed lately, although it is still said that Ferguson views De Gea as having flaws in his game that it will take time to iron out.

The probability of Begovic being transferred this summer looks high, particularly after they signed young England international goalkeeper Jack Butland in January.

There had previously been reports elsewhere that De Gea could even be sold, with Real Madrid thought to be interested.

But, while De Gea looks set to stay, Manchester United could dispense with Brazilian midfielder Anderson this summer, according to various sources.

The 24-year-old joined United from Porto for a fee approaching £20 million in 2007. A combination of injuries, question marks over his dedication to fitness and inconsistent form have seen him unable to hold down a regular place in the United first team throughout that time, however.

The Daily Mail has said that United will part ways with Anderson come the end of the season, while the Manchester Evening News is less categorical but also believes he could be surplus to requirements.

Indeed, the Manchester Evening news asserts that there could be a dramatic overhaul of the Red Devils’ midfield this summer.

One of the players who could arrive as part of the makeover is young Schalke star Julian Draxler. The 19-year-old has been linked to a host of top clubs, including United, Chelsea and Milan. Draxler recently became the youngest player in German history to make 100 competitive appearances. He made his debut for Germany last year and has three caps to his name.

Understandably, Schalke are keen to hang onto the attacking midfielder, who still has three years remaining on his contract with the Bundesliga club.

"Julian Draxler is under contract at our club and he is an important player," Schalke general manager Horst Heldt told German tabloid Bild.

"We want to keep him at our club for as long as possible. It's our obligation to ensure he feels fine being with us.

"From our point of view, it would be helpful to win a berth in the UEFA Champions League for next season. This would be a boost!"

There has also been further speculation about the future of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid forward has been continually linked with a return to Manchester United this season.

The finances involved in any deal continue to make a deal unlikely, but according to the Manchester Evening News, the 28-year-old has again refused to comment on his future during a recent interview.

Ronaldo instead moved the subject to that of Madrid’s ambitions for the remainder of the season.

“Much remains,” he reportedly said. “We are in the cup final and we have taken a major step in the Champions League.

"The league is difficult but we must fight to the end.

"Things personally with me are going well but what I want is to win a major trophy with Madrid."

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