Last Updated: Fri, 03 May 2013 09:29
Manchester United have been linked with a summer midfield swoop for Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan and Juventus' Claudio Marchisio.
United chief Sir Alex Ferguson has no intentions of standing still in the transfer window and despite Ed Woodward, who will replace David Gill as Red Devils chief executive in the summer, claiming a massive spending spree is not necessary, the Scot will look for reinforcements.
Ferguson is desperate for another Champions League win before he finally calls time on his magnificent tenure at Old Trafford with reports now suggesting he will target 22-year-old Germany international midfielder Gundogan when the transfer window opens.
The player has been instrumental in Dortmund's march to the Champions League final and recently admitted that his childhood dream was to eventually play in England or Spain.
United will face a fight for his signature, though, as Dortmund are already losing Mario Gotze to Bundesliga rivals and Champions League final opponents Bayern Munich, while striker Robert Lewandowski is also set to leave, so they will not want Gundogan to be part of a summer exodus.
Meanwhile, Ferguson is also thought to be weighing up a £20million raid on Juventus for Italy international midfielder, Marchisio, who has scored six goals in 27 games for the Serie A champions-elect so far this term.
Marchisio is contracted to the Turin giants until summer 2016, but United will hope a sizeable transfer fee would be good enough to secure a deal while the offer of a £120,000-a-week five-year deal should be enough to entice the player to Old Trafford.
Ferguson will no doubt argue that with Paul Scholes set to retire, Darren Fletcher carrying long-term bowel problems and Anderson poised for the exit door major investment is required in the midfield engine room if United are going to do well in Europe and retain their Premier League crown next season.
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