William, Garay, Shaw and co - What now for United’s summer targets?

Ezequiel Garay for Benfica

Manchester United are believed to have lined up a number of summer transfers, but will they still go through following Moyes' departure?

A joke doing the rounds on Twitter is what will happen to all of David Moyes’ scouts now that he has left Manchester United.

After all, not a week went by when the club’s staff were not spotted here, there and everywhere, seemingly keeping tabs on half the top talent in Europe.

But that is Moyes’ way. He is meticulous. Hence the fact that United’s scouts were seen watching Sporting Lisbon close to 20 times this season, with William Carvalho believed to be the reason for all those visits despite many realising he is exactly what United’s midfield needs after just 90 minutes watching the young Portuguese international play.

Some reports claimed a £35million deal has been agreed to bring William to the club during the close-season. But could that move now be in doubt?

Moyes was also said to be keeping tabs on £30m-rated Luke Shaw, along with Toni Kroos of Bayern Munich and Ezequiel Garay of Benfica, who has a £16.5million release clause.

But what now for those reported targets? Moyes had previously said that some business would be completed prior to the World Cup – that signings would be in place as he sought to rebuild a United squad in desperate need of that (whatever anyone says to the contrary).

With Nemanja Vidic leaving, Rio Ferdinand likely to follow and doubts over Patrice Evra’s future, United’s defence will be in need of an overhaul; while their midfield has not been good enough for far longer than Moyes’ doomed tenure.

But with a new man now to take the helm, will any targets who have already agreed to move to Old Trafford still do so? Or will they opt against it or see their move halted by the new man in charge?

Only time will tell, but United cannot afford another transfer window like the one they endured last summer. They need to act fast, with William, Garay and Shaw all worthy additions.

One just wonders if all that scouting Moyes did was for nothing; or if the players he so meticulously scrutinised will still find their way to a club in desperate need of them.

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