10): Wesley Sneijder
At one point not too many seasons ago, the Dutchman was the best player in the world who was not a forward. Now, he remains a proven chance creator and assist provider and has returned seven goals and two assists from 17 appearances in the Turkish Super Lig and Champions League for Galatasaray, affecting the scoreline every 138 minutes.
At an estimated £15m according to transfermarkt.co.uk, Sneijder would still have something to offer a club of Manchester United's calibre but this rumour will likely remain just that as there would be too many question marks over his ability to get on with international team-mate Robin van Persie.
9): Everton Ribeiro
The player's representative, Robson Ferreira, already confirmed that he has a: been to England and b: that Manchester United are interested in his client, an archetype of the modern attack-minded footballer - small in stature, but hugely talented and effective, a player of the year in the Brazilian league, technically adept and a creator of an 85 chance haul.
Far likelier to occur than Sneijder. Considering the esteem he is held in in his native Brazil, the price United could potentially agree on and the current vacancy of the number seven jersey at Old Trafford, could Ribeiro be the next great right winger-come-forward?
8): Marco Reus
In Bundesliga and Champions League competition this season, Reus has been responsible for 18 goals and assists from the left flank position in 23 appearances. It is a commendable haul, even more so when one fathoms his efficiency rate of one goal/assist every 95 minutes.
However, with Robert Lewandowski looking a certainty to leave Borussia Dortmund, would BVB allow another accomplished first-teamer a transfer away from the club when he is bound to a contract that does not expire until 2017?
7): Wilfried Zaha
Considering the ample opportunities afforded to Adnan Januzaj, manager David Moyes cannot be accused of not giving talented youth a chance to shine at Old Trafford. Despite Zaha's pedigree, how exceptional he has looked in past seasons, he has not been entrusted with much competitive football, leaving a loan deal for the concluding half of the season appearing like an attractive option for all parties.
Zaha has been linked with Cardiff City, Aston Villa, West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Newcastle United and Fulham.
6): Nemanja Matic
A fine physical specimen at 6ft 4in, Matic would provide a significant pillar of strength in United's midfield. The one-time Chelsea employee, now plying his trade successfully in Benfica, has shot up in value in a short space of time as transfermarkt.co.uk now see him as a £24m player. Considering how urgently United require a: a playmaker and b: a left back recruit, any defensive midfielder would be more of a luxury purchase rather than a mandatory acquisition.
5): Koke Resurreccion
Out of all the players listed so far, it is arguably this one, and the following four, who either fit the criteria of what David Moyes needs in his roster of players, or what Manchester United traditionally go for (top, British talent).
A tactically-adaptable midfielder capable of playing in a multitude of positions, Koke - valued at £17.5m - is a master passer, a competent crosser, an expert from dead ball situations and, something which would please Moyes and his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, he is aware of his defensive duties, can hold on to the football and is an able tackler.
In 17 La Liga appearances so far this season, Koke has returned nine assists and three goals - an efficiency rate of one goal/assist produced every 111 minutes. He has created 40 chances and completes 84% of his passes.
4): Luke Shaw
Considering the sums associated with moves for English left backs Shaw and Leighton Baines, either £20m for the former at Southampton, or a similar amount for the latter at Everton, there is far more value, experience and talent in the man Moyes used to coach.
3): Ryan Gauld
When a player is dubbed the next Lionel Messi, you either sit-up and take notice and yawn at one of football's most irritating cliches. Gauld, though, at just 18-years of age, has a talent that belies his teenage years.
The Dundee United man is enjoying something of a breakout season in Scotland as, in 18 Scottish Premier League and SFA Cup matches, Gauld has been responsible for a ridiculous ten assists and five goals - a strike efficiency rate of a goal/assist every 74 minutes.
If December reports are to believed, Moyes and co may have already offered Dundee United £3m and a hat-trick of pre-season friendlies in order to begin personal negotiations with the gifted youngster.
2): Leighton Baines
When Moyes first joined United, it became something of an open secret that he would return to his former club in order to prise away their best players… Marouane Fellaini has already joined, leaving Leighton Baines at Goodison Park and, despite missing out on the England international during the summer window, transfer speculation linking the player and club has remained in the British press.
With Everton doing so well in the Premier League - better than United, even, and, due to the ambiguous relations between the clubs at the moment, would such a transfer be likely?
1): Ross Barkley
Some managers like to play down the hype surrounding a break-out talent. Not Roberto Martinez, no, as the fast-rising Spanish coach lauded Barkley as a hybrid player… a Michael Ballack meets Paul Gascoigne.
Barkley has featured in 1,389 minutes of Premier League football this season for Everton, scoring thrice, but it his dribbling ability, his long shot accuracy and his threat from set-play that has excited the industry and fans alike.
Manchester Evening News speculated that a £40m to £50m transfer bid would have to be lodged by United if they were to secure Barkley, labeled the next great Brit, but is that too much? For that money, Everton would be daft to not put their emotions to one side, agree to the fee and use the extraordinary sum to better their ranks.
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