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

Barcelona, PSG, Bayern Munich, Sporting Lisbon and Southampton stars all feature.

Manchester United’s summer transfer plans are difficult to gauge when the club doesn’t have a permanent manager in place, but plenty of top stars have been linked with Old Trafford this week.

It’s difficult for United as they’re unlikely to have European football next season, which takes away the platform of big European nights for the top stars to perform on, which is a big factor when they mull over moves.

We’ve taken a look at some of the best players linked with United moves.

Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona)

Fabregas has been linked with United before, as the club tried to buy him twice last summer. The latest reports suggest he could be vulnerable to a Barca exit this summer, which puts United back in the frame to get their man. However, Arsenal have first option on re-signing the midfielder.

Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain)

United have been given some very encouraging signs this week, with the Metro reporting that the player favours a move to United over Manchester City or Chelsea. The national daily newspaper claims that the star forward has fallen out with PSG boss Laurent Blanc.

Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich)

SportWitness ran a piece last week which reported Manchester United’s interest in the German and the site has just published a report, where he’s told Bild he’s not happy with his current situation at the German club. If United are hunting for a top quality midfielder, they stand a good chance of pulling off this deal.

William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon)

This is a transfer saga which has been running for a significant period of time. United were at one stage the clear favourites to land the 21-year-old but Lisbon’s sporting director has told Portuguese outlet A Bola that he believes the player will still be at the club next season.

Luke Shaw (Southampton)

Not a new name for any United fans who follow the club’s transfer news regularly. United are reportedly creeping ahead in the race to sign him and he’d be a top quality long term replacement for Patrice Evra. It’s just a case of whether the new boss wants him and how stubborn the Saints are likely to be.

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