Louis Van Gaal may have been the manager to give Toni Kroos a good run in the first team upon his return from Bayer Leverkusen, but that does not mean that Kroos would be willing to jump ship from Bayern Munich so easily.
After a long dance with Cesc Fabregas last summer, which ultimately proved fruitless, Manchester United ended up signing Marouane Fellaini for an inflated price. To avoid last summer’s fiasco, United need to ensure that they have top class alternatives ready should Kroos opt to remain at Bayern for at least another season.
Fabregas was one of the key figures of a dreadful 2013/14 summer transfer window as Ed Woodward and David Moyes initiated a long affair with a player, which was doomed to never get past first base.
But after a poor season with his boyhood club, the time may be right for Fabregas to leave for pastures new.
Last month, Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo held a vote amongst fans, asking would you sell Cesc Fabregas to Manchester United for €30m.
Of the 6807 users, an overwhelming 80% said yes, with a similar result happening in another Catalan newspaper Sport.
Should Barcelona receive an offer in the region of £35m, there is a very good chance that they might accept it.
After a poor season, Barcelona are looking to do some in house renovating and will seek to improve in the position that defines their ethos.
And Louis Van Gaal will surely take a lot of joy in going back to the club where he was often derided despite his success to take one of their assets.
The Spaniard has played a pivotal role in a Atletico Madrid side which has captured fans’ hearts this season.
En-route to winning La Liga and with a Champion’s League final against neighbours Real Madrid around the corner, Koke has scored seven goals in 57 appearances, his best yet at the club, whilst laying on 15 assists.
But his wages at Athletico are minimal compared to players of his stature at other clubs. If given the right offer, likely in the region of £30 million, Athletico will listen.
Able to play all across the midfield, the youngster will be an asset for any side who signs him.
Another player who slipped underneath David Moyes’ radar, despite the Dutchman’s apparent willingness to join the club last season, is Strootman.
The midfielder went on to sign for Roma for €17m and proved to be a revelation, helping the capital side mount their first title challenge in years before their hopes were dashed when Strootman suffered an injury which also sees him out of the World Cup.
During this time, Strootman also established himself as a key figure in the Dutch squad to the point to the point where Van Gaal has been forced to alternate his system to a 5-3-2 for the World Cup to compensate for the absence of the midfielder.
Sky Italia have said that Strootman would favour a move to Old Trafford in order to work with Van Gaal but his current injury, which rules him out till at least September, could be a deciding factor against United making a move for him.
However, United have made exceptions before, most notably with Ruud Van Nistelrooy who they signed despite the striker missing the majority of the season after he ruptured his cruciate knee ligaments.
With how highly Van Gaal values Strootman, history could repeat itself.
Although not as creative as Toni Kroos, Alex Song would still be a large improvement on what United currently possess in midfield.
The likes of Anderson, Tom Cleverley and possibly even Darren Fletcher could leave this summer whilst Marouane Fellaini has flattered to deceive and Carrick is a shadow of his former self.
So after years of neglecting to improve the midfield, United should sign at least one player this summer and Song could be a useful asset to have in that position.
The Cameroonian was impressive at Arsenal, able to play in a deep midfield position as well as in defence, but has been scarcely used at Barcelona. This season he has made just 18 starts for the club in all competitions yet has 11 assists despite his minimal role at the club.
Available at £15m, he could prove to be cheap, yet effective alternative.
Already dubbed the next Xavi after a impressive season, Clasie could be one of the dark horses to arrive at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman had an impressive season at Feyenoord and has made himself a mainstay in the Netherlands squad ahead of the World Cup.
The 22 year old has a 85% average pass accuracy and created 37 chances for his team mates, highlighting his capabilities on the ball.
But for those United fans yearning for a goal scoring midfielder, Clasie leaves a lot to be desired with just one goal this season. He is more Carrick than Scholes.
However the chance to be moulded by Van Gaal at one of the best clubs in the world could see Clasie develop into a very good midfielder.
Plus he has shown that he is capable of linking up well with Van Persie, as evidenced by the strikers goal against Ecuador.