Manchester United Transfer News: Analysis of Shinji Kagawa and Other Summer Targets

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Sir Alex Ferguson witnessed his Manchester United team miss out on a 20th league title by throwing away an eight-point lead in the process and eventually losing out to city rivals Manchester City on the last kick of the Premier League season.

Losing out on goal difference proves the margins between the two Manchester teams is minimal but with City's spending power you can be sure they will spend big this summer to further strengthen their squad. If Untied aren't careful they could find themselves falling behind City in the years to come, so it is no surprise Sir Alex has begun work on strengthening his team early. We look at the transfer activities that could well be happening at Old Trafford this summer.

Confirmed:

Shinji Kagawa

Club: Borussia Dortmund   Value: £12m (rising to £17m) Position: Midfield

Verdict: After missing out on Eden Hazard, Sir Alex quickly turned his attention to Kagawa by securing a £17milion deal for the midfielder. Kagawa is a very skilful attack minded player and will bring a lot of energy and creativity to the United midfield. He can score goals as well as create them and that has been proven by the success he enjoyed with Dortmund. Although he can be deployed in a number of attacking positions he will be predominantly be used as completion for United's current wingers; Valencia, Nani and Young. Securing a regular first team place may prove to be difficult to begin with but there is no doubt that the talent of Kagawa will be a great asset for Untied in the years to come.

Nick Powell

Club: Crewe Alexandra Value: £4m (rising to £6m)     Position: Midfield

Verdict: Powell has been touted as one of the brightest young talent in the country and Manchester United have wasted little time in securing his services. The attacking midfielder has been compared to Steven Gerrard with his style of play and despite being only 18 years old it looks like he will be part of Fergie's first team plans next season rather than being loaned out for experience. Dario Gradi, who has overlooked Powell's development at Crewe, claims Powell has the ability to win a game and predicts him to have similar impact at Old Trafford as Wayne Rooney and Eric Cantona did. Powell is blessed with pace, creativity and goals and he is fully expected to take the Premier League by storm.

Arriving:

Leighton Baines

Club: Everton    Value: £15-20m    Position: Left Back

Verdict: Reports have suggested that Sir Alex is keen to strengthen his defensive options this summer especially at left back. Rumoured interest in Valencia's Jordi Alba seems to have died down as the 23-year old Spanish International looks set to join Barcelona, which has caused Sir Alex to turn his attentions to Everton's Baines. The left back is currently on international duty with England on the back of an excellent season with his club. Baines has a lot of quality going forward and is sold defensively, but his price tag might be a stumbling block for Untied. It is rumoured that Everton would want £20million for Baines, but with the player being 27 years of age, United would be reluctant to pay so much. 

Luka Modric

Club: Tottenham Hotspur   Value: £25-30m        Position: Midfield

Verdict: The transfer saga of Luka Modric to Manchester United has been going on for many years and it looks set to continue again this summer. It is of widespread opinion that Modric is exactly the type of player that United are missing in the heart of midfield. Although Paul Scholes has signed on for another extra season, at 37-years old he will not be able to be relied upon every game, therefore, the Red Devils have been chasing Modric. The creation playmaker is very intelligent on the ball and his range of passing and ability to dictate play makes him an ideal signing for Manchester United.

Gareth Bale

Club: Tottenham Hotspur   Value: £40m     Position: Left Wing

Verdict: Gareth Bale has been seen as ideal replacement for Ryan Giggs ever since United first failed to sign him as a teenager. Bale who was then playing for Southampton opted to join the Spurs instead of United in the hope of having more first team options. Having now fully established himself as a major player in world football his stock is high and his value has rocketed in recent seasons. Quick, direct and skilful Bale has all the attributes to succeed his boyhood hero Giggs at Old Trafford. Spurs would want to hold on to Bale, but with no manager at present and the failure of Champions' League football once again the north London club may be forced to listen to offers.

Kevin Strootman

Club: PSV Eindhoven Value: £15m     Position: Centre Midfield

Verdict: Strootman has been dubbed the new Roy Keane for his industrious box to box play and it is no wonder he is on the Old Trafford radar as the Manchester United team has been crying out for a Roy Keane-type player ever since the Irishmen left the club. Strootman is a physically strong player and will have no problem adapting to the English game, he also offers plenty going forward with a deadly left foot that can pick out a killer pass. At £15million Strootman is a far cheaper option than others and at 22-years of age can be seen as a valuable investment.

Cheick Tiote

Club: Newcastle        Value: £20m     Position: Defensive Midfielder

Verdict: Tiote has had an excellent career with Newcastle and has been on the radar for many top teams in the league. The tough tackling Ivory Coast midfielder would add solidity to the United midfield and allow the more creative players to express themselves more freely. Tiote still has five years remaining on his current contract at Newcastle which will allow the magpies to play hard ball over any transfer.

Robert Lewandowski

Club: Borussia Dortmund   Value: £20m     Position: Centre Forward

Verdict: Lewandowski had a standout season for Dortmund last season scoring 30 goals to help the German club to a domestic double and has since made headlines around Europe. Lewandowski scored in the opening game of the Euros against Greece, with his manager claiming afterwards that Lewandowski was set to join the red devils. Speculation of the move has somewhat cooled down since and personally I do not see the need for another striker, especially one worth so much. Despite the release of Michael Owen and the imminent departure of Dimitar Berbatov, United still have plenty of firepower up front. Lewandowski would struggle to get ahead of Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez in the United line up, and with the Powell, Kagawa and Ashley Young all able to play the second striker role it begs the question is it really worth spending so much on another striker? 

Wesley Sneijder

Club: Inter Milan       Value: £30-35m      Position: Attacking Midfield

Verdict: if rumours are to be belived then Wesley Snijder was on the verge of joining Manchester United last summer. The reason he didn't came down to money. United were reluctant to meet Inter's £35 million price evaluation of the 27 year old nor were they prepared to meet Sneijder's £200,000 a week wage demands, and the deal subsequently fell through. Sneijder is a player who will fit well into the United system and his creativity will add a much needed spark to the midfield.  Money might not be such a big problem this time round as Inter and Sneijder himself come off the back off a poor season in Serie A. Missing out on Champions League football might sway Sneijder's decision.