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The three most likely Manchester United signings - Plus the one most wanted

Are these three the most likely additions at Manchester United this summer?

Manchester United's new chief executive Edward Woodward has flown back to England on 'urgent transfer business', leaving fans around the globe waiting anxiously for news.

After missing out on Thiago Alcantara, who signed for Bayern Munich, they saw Kevin Strootman sign for Roma just days later.

The transfer rumours have been spiralling wildly as a result, as evidenced today with the bizarre Juan Mata talk.

Players linked over the past few days include Marquinhos, Andrea Ranocchia, Nicolas Castillo and Yohan Cabaye.

But there are three who we believe are most likely to be the object of the club's affection, and ultimately end up at Old Trafford.

Marouane Fellaini

There is under one month remaining for United to sign Marouane Fellaini, with his £23.5 million release clause having a limited life span. The Belgian is keen to stay in the North West of England and play Champions League football for the first time; United can offer him both of those. United are investigating other options in midfield, but these are quickly running out, and the likelihood is that Moyes will turn his attention back to a player he knows well, having signed him for Everton. United know all about his quality, having fallen victim to his goals in the past, and he certainly offers them new options in the midfield.

Leighton Baines

David Moyes has already had one bid rejected for Leighton Baines, and is thought to remain keen to sign him. Having signed him fro Wigan for Everton, Moyes has seen him blossom into one of the Premier League's best left-backs, who is lethal from set-pieces. Edward Woodward confirmed at the weekend that United have the money available to sign players they really want, and the prospects of them doing back in with a bid remain likely. A double swoop with Fellaini may just end up being United's big summer splash.

Ezequiel Garay

United have signed Ezequiel Garay more times than Wayne Rooney has had hot dinners, with reports regularly claiming the Benfica defender has sealed a move, but he still remains in Portugal. He has begun pre-season training with his club, but it has even been reported that he has been househunting in Manchester. All that remains is for United to meet Benfica's asking price of €20 million, for which there is still plenty of time to happen with the defender keen on a switch.

But the one they want the most is...

Cesc Fabregas

United really want Cesc Fabregas, having put up a £26 million offer already, with talk they are to up their offer to £31 million. His signing still remains more unlikely than nailed on, with Tito Vilanova stating just yesterday that the player wants to remain at Barcelona. If they do break their transfer record for Cesc, then the above three may find themselves without a move, with a substantial amount of the club's transfer funds used on just the one player. At present, the prospect of signing Cesc still seems a far-fetched one.

Who do you think United will end up signing this summer?

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