The top five players linked with signing for Manchester United this week: Gundogan, Moura and more

Lucas Moura

Borussia Dortmund, PSG, Napoli, Southampton and Sunderland stars all feature.

Manchester United head into a potentially season changing game against Chelsea this weekend, linked with a wide number of different players ahead of potential winter transfer window moves.

United could use an extra body in specific areas and manager David Moyes has said he’ll do everything possible to ensure that the Old Trafford club get their top transfer priorities this month.

Here are the top five players linked signing for the club from the past week.

1) Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund)

The Metro has suggested that it’s a straight up choice between United and Spanish giants Real Madrid for the German midfielder. The 25-year-old has a contract which runs until 2015 so he could be axed this summer if he doesn’t sign a new deal.

“I have not made a final decision yet. BVB are the first team I am talking to. I will soon make a well-thought decision. But I am keeping my options open at this point,” he said.

2) Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain)

A £30 million deal for the 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder is a move that United could certainly afford. The main problem they face is convincing the player to move from a huge club in France, where he’s made 18 league apparances so far this season, to the current uncertainty of Old Trafford.

3) Marek Hamsik (Napoli)

United are short in midfield and the 26-year-old Slovakian has been suggested as a possible target by several sources this week. If Napoli sign some of the midfield stars they have been linked with this month, then a deal could be on the cards.

4) Luke Shaw (Southampton)

Luke Shaw regularly gets mentioned when the left-back position at United comes up. United will need a new left-back if Patrice Evra doesn’t sign a new deal with the club and Fabio Da Silva is moved on, which would mean no back up to Alexander Buttner. The fee being talked about in the press is around the £20 million mark.

5) Vito Mannone (Sunderland)

The Mirror has suggested that United could go after Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone as back up for David De Gea. The Italian has been in great form for the North East club after joining from Arsenal, as Anders Lindegaard presses for a move away for regular first team football ahead of the World Cup.

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