Manchester United are planning a double swoop in the summer transfer window with filling the gaps their aging first teamers will leave behind high on the agenda. Sir Alex has been compiling scouting reports on FC Nurnberg’s Ilkay Gundogan in an attempt to find a ready made replacement for Paul Scholes.
Gundogan, 20, who has been capped at every level up to under 21’s for Germany also qualifies for Turkey through his parents. He will though be hoping to push on to the German senior side in the near future and if he continues the rich vein of form he has shown this season, then this is a distinct possibility.
He has been compared on many occasions to his compatriot Mezut Ozil in his style of play and ability on the ball, a fact Dieter Hecking (Nurnberg’s Manager) is all to aware of and with the players contract due to run out in the summer of 2012 his hand maybe forced to part with his £7 million rated starlet much sooner than he would have liked.
Another player said to be Old Trafford bound is Bolton Wanderers Hungarian goalkeeper Adam Bogdan. The 23 year old stopper born in Budapest has only recently had a taste of Barclays Premiership action but, Sir Alex has allegedly seen enough in those fleeting displays to convince him Bogdan could be van der Sar’s replacement, when the 40 year old veteran takes his place on the United coaching staff.
Bogdan, capped 7 times at under 21 level for Hungary, in fact only has 13 first team outings to his name. 9 of these were gained in a loan spell back in Hungary for Vecsesi. He was then farmed back out on loan to Crewe for whom he only managed 1 league start. He has since played the waiting game behind Wanderers dependable first choice stopper Jussi Jaaskelainen. He finally got his chance in Owen Coyle’s side against Birmingham and impressed immensely.
Ferguson has made a habit of signing young unproven goalkeepers in the past the most notable being Birmingham’s Ben Foster who he plucked from Stoke’s youth team. Foster has since gone onto verges of the England squad and with this in mind Bogdan would surely jump at the chance to join the Red Devils. Bolton would require a fee of around £2 million to let the youngster join up with United but, would most likely ask for appearance related add-ons should his United career take off.
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