Manchester United Transfer News: Fellaini, Rooney, Modric Top Of Moyes Targets

   on May 26 2013 4:14 AM

All may appear quiet at Old Trafford now that there is a gap between Sir Alex Ferguson leaving and David Moyes taking over the reins, however, I can report that there is frenzied activity going on to make the first signings ahead of the usual suspects.

First on Moyes `to do` list is Wayne Rooney; Moyes will meet the player as early as this week to head off any talk of leaving the club. Moyes, despite the unseemly legal spat between him and the player a few years ago, is an admirer of Rooney. It has emerged that Rooney did not ask for a transfer as stated twice by outgoing manager Sir Alex. He did have a discussion about his continually being moved around the team and was concerned about his loss of form as a consequence. Moyes will seek to sort out a contract extension to the current one which has two years to run. My sources suggest that Rooney is keen to stay at Old Trafford.

Moyes first transfer target will be Marouane Fellaini, who has already made noises about wanting to play Champions League football, which is a kind of nudge to his former manager to make a move for him. Fellaini has a buyout clause of £24m which will not be a problem for United. I expect to see an early move for Fellaini in the coming weeks.

More interesting is the situation surrounding Luca Modric at Real Madrid. The player has been unhappy since his move to the Bernebeu last season, especially as he has not had much play time, with Mourinho deciding to stick with Alonso in the midfield role. That has led Modric to look elsewhere, especially as the manager is changing at the same time. Sir Alex was a long-time admirer of Modric, but the relationship between Tottenham chairman Levy and Manchester United made it impossible to make a move for the player at the time. Moyes has the funds available to make the necessary £24m offer to take the player back to Old Trafford and I expect this will be the second move in the transfer market.

I doubt that there will be much more activity than this, as the rest of the team seems well balanced between youth and experience. Nani and Anderson look likely to be offloaded and Scholes has retired, so there will not be any difficulties over the size of the wage bill.

The transfer window opens officially on 1st July, but I expect that Moyes will have these deals sorted out well in advance of that date.