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United push for transfer targets

ESPN staff
April 24, 2014
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Manchester United intend to push on with their transfer business while they try to replace sacked manager David Moyes.

Ryan Giggs has been backed to impress during his four games as interim manager, but the club do not wish to wait for a new leader to bolster their squad.

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal, the favourite to take over at Old Trafford, would not be free to take charge until after the World Cup, which could mean a three-month wait for a permanent appointment. Carlo Ancelotti, another strongly backed contender, would need to be freed from his contract at Real Madrid.

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Co-chairmen Avram and Joel Glazer will meet chief executive Ed Woodward at Old Trafford shortly to discuss replacing Moyes and begin working on returning the current champions to the top next season, according The Sun.

However, United, Moyes and Woodward were heavily criticised for leaving transfer business too late last summer after they missed out on key targets, which is likely to have influenced their business-as-usual approach to deals for next season. Two separate bids for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas were turned down while midfield target Thiago Alcantara opted to join Bayern Munich instead.

Only Marouane Fellaini arrived for £27.5 million on deadline day, but the Belgian has flopped with a string of lacklustre performances in a failed struggle to recapture the form he displayed under Moyes at Everton.

Following Moyes' sorry reign, which saw the club miss out on Champions League football for the first time in 19 years, United are keen to act swiftly in the transfer market during a summer when business is likely to be disrupted by the World Cup.

The squad left behind by Moyes was branded weak by the departing Scot and United have reportedly made funds of up to £200m available to overhaul it.

The Guardian reports Woodward is confident he has two deals already in place. United are moving closer to a £30m deal for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, while unsettled Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is also thought to be attracting United's interest. The Ligue 1 giants are likely to ask for around £30m for the Uruguayan.

An improved bid for Fabregas, who has fallen foul of the Barcelona fans, is expected while United have already held discussions with Sporting Lisbon over defensive midfielder William Carvalho.

Bayern's Toni Kroos is another target but United look set to miss out on Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan after he signed a contract extension with the Bundesliga side.

United could also recoup a significant amount of money in transfer fees and wage savings with the club set for an unprecedented clear-out. Captain Nemanja Vidic has already agreed to join Inter Milan while Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand's futures remain unclear. Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez, Nani, Anderson and Wilfried Zaha could also be on their way out.

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