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Saturday 30 August 2014

Manchester United: potential summer transfer targets

Samir Nasri
Arsenal midfielder Nasri has just 12 months to run on his contract making his future at the Emirates uncertain. During the first half of last season the Frenchman was among the top performers in the league and would prove a great addition to any side. Arsenal are obviously keen to hold on to Nasri and the player himself has not ruled out remaining in north London: "Earlier in the season I spoke with the boss and we said we would talk during the summer, which is what we are going to do," he said recently. It's understood that preliminary talks between Nasri's agents and United have taken place, and due to his contract situation, could be available for as little as £8m.
David De Gea
Following the retirement of Edwin van der Sar, Manchester United need a new goalkeeper. Ferguson has come out and said his number one choice (to to speak) is Atletico Madrid stopper De Gea. The Spaniard is only 20-years-old, which makes him something of a risk, yet his performances for Atletico over the last two seasons have been of a consistently high standard. "I feel incredibly motivated by the fact that Manchester United are thinking about me," De Gea said. "I like the fact that they are considering me as a replacement for a goalkeeper of Edwin van der Sar's calibre." The deal could be worth as much as £20m
Samuel Eto'o
Rather surprisingly, United have been linked with very few strikers this summer. Current starters Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez fit the United mould, but Michael Owen (who's signed a new contract) is past his best and Dimitar Berbatov is far from a Fergie favourite. Perhaps a big deal will come out of nowhere, and an educated bet could be on Eto'o. The Inter Milan striker was recently quoted: "I have already shown that I have what it takes to play in Italy and I now have the idea of proving myself in England." United have been linked with the Cameroon international in the past and the 30-year-old has a fantastic track record at the top level.

Following their defeat in the Champions League final, Manchester United have been one of the most active teams in the current transfer window.

Defender Phil Jones has been acquired in a big money deal and Alex Ferguson has been noisily pursuing various other targets as United look to raise the bar.

Here, we take a look at the players linked with a summer switch to Old Trafford.

>> Click on More Pictures to launch our guide.

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