Robben says no to United - Five alternative targets

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Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben has recently dismissed reports linking him with a move to Manchester United so here are five potential alternatives.

Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben has recently dismissed reports suggesting a club reunion with former head coach Louis van Gaal.

The Dutch winger had been linked with a summer switch to Old Trafford, but he has insisted a move is “not an option”.

This latest news will obviously prove a set-back to the Dutch manager’s future plans, but there are other players who could relish the challenge of restoring United’s former pride.

Here is a look at five alternative targets for the Manchester outfit.

Yevhen Konoplyanka - FC Dnipro

Speculation has been rife linking Yevhen Konoplyanka with a move to Old Trafford in recent days. The Ukrainian winger is allegedly willing to join Manchester United despite them not qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Dnipro’s sporting director, who is in charge of transfers, accepts that Konoplyanka could leave the club. His £12.1million buy-out clause would occupy only a small chunk of van Gaal’s summer war chest.

Antoine Griezmann – Real Sociedad

Antoine Griezmann is a reported summer target for a cluster of Premier League clubs – with United also likely to be interested in the 23-year-old French winger.

Griezmann has excelled for Real Sociedad this season, scoring 16 goals in 31 league appearances, and it is understood that the Spanish club will listen to offers around the £20million mark.

The Frenchman’s stock is only set to rise when he features for his national side in Brazil during the summer.

Lazar Markovic - Benfica

Lazar Markovic may not be a name the vast majority of Premier League clubs are familiar with, but his stock on the continent is rising rapidly. He starred in Benfica’s successful domestic campaign as well as the club’s Europa League run, catching the eye of many during his side’s elimination of Tottenham.

The Serbian winger is a long-term target for Chelsea, but he would surely be swayed with a move to Manchester if approached by the van Gaal administration.

United have a history of success when signing wingers from the Portuguese top-flight and it is likely the 20-year-old would relish the opportunity to follow in his predecessors’ footsteps.

Juan Cuadrado – Fiorentina

Barcelona appear to be favourites to sign Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado, but this should not deter United from enquiring about his availability.

The Colombian winger has been one of the surprise packages of the latest Serie A season. Since signing permanently for his current side the explosive wide-man has exceeded all expectations, blossoming into one of Italian footballs most feared players.

His versatility will be an attractive to United – considering he can play as either a winger or at full-back - as will his speed, dribbling ability and anticipation in defence.

Hatem Ben Arfa – Newcastle United

An unpopular suggestion for some. Nonetheless, Hatem Ben Arfa possesses tremendous ability, plus he is likely to be available this summer.

After falling out of favour with boss Alan Pardew, the Frenchman may be looking for a fresh start away from Tyneside. Under van Gaal’s dictatorial style of leadership he could finally be forced into shape, allowing him to fulfill his brilliant potential.

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