Manchester City

United’s 3 Man Wish List

Lassana Diarra - One of United's targets

Since Wayne Rooney’s desire to move was confirmed by Sir Alex Ferguson, a rumour that Manchester City are plotting a deal worth £100m has flown around faster than flares do when Serbia play at home.

To be specific, exactly half of the overall bid would buy Rooney, with the other half to be spent on wages. With the new money, United would be well advised to buy shrewdly, as the team is beginning to look depleted and dejected by failure to win crucial games.

Karim Benzema

Yawn yawn, blaady yaaaawn… another Benzema to United story, but this time he has two potential companions, who you will read about in a minute!

The latest news from Spain is that Real Madrid will be baiting United into buying Benzema, offering a straight up £50m plus the Frenchman in exchange for Rooney. Is that a better deal than just £100m from City? Civilised opinions below…

Ultimately United hold no proverbial cards of value with a wantaway player, and will take whatever deal is necessary to halt the financial meltdown which otherwise looms large on the horizon.

Lassana Diarra

The French midfielder looks set to leave the Bernabeu after speaking out two weeks ago, implying that his future lies away from Real Madrid if he is to be a regular participant in first-team football:

“I only play once every two matches. I obviously want to play more and if I am not satisfied, I will draw the conclusions.

“I am not at Real to watch the games. I want to play.”

With Owen Hargreaves every bit the lost man, United are shorn of a truly defensive rock in the middle of the field – an area distinctly lacking in solidarity.

Lassana could easily go the Nicolas Anelka route with his previous Premiership experience (playing for three clubs out of the fast disbanding “Big Four”), and would arguably provide the flair and muscle United need at the moment.

Anders Lindegaard

Last but by no means least we have Edwin Van Der Sar’s replacement. Currently with Norwegian Aalesunds, Lindegaard has become a first team regular since breaking into the squad in 2009.

He draws tenuous comparisons with fellow countryman Peter Schmeichel, with United hoping that he will be a tenth as good as Schmeichel. Lindegaard denies actual talks with United, but knows of their interest, stating:

“I have never stated what they claim. I was furious when I read it. I have never talked to Manchester United

“There are a lot of rumours in the press about the clubs interested in me, but some of them are actually quite accurate. And yes, it is Manchester United

“I know there is interest from United, it is not just coming from the press.”

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