After losing out Europe's most sought after young talent - Eden Hazard - to Chelsea, Manchester United are in the market for some sharp summer signings so they can regain their Premier League title from derby rivals Manchester City. Sir Alex Ferguson has lined up a few transfer targets and is keeping tabs on some others as well.
Everton left-back Leighton Baines has been linked with a move to Old Trafford after yet another fine season for the Toffees. The 27 year old has stated he is flattered by United's interest in him and refused to rule out a move but insists that now he is only focused on doing well at the European Championships with England.
"The United link is flattering. There is no harm in people talking about it because it is a great club. But I'm at a great club as well, a club that I love. Would it be hard to turn United down? The focus now is all on the tournament. There's not much time to let other things seep in. I'm focused on what I'm doing at the moment," ESPN quoted Baines as saying.
"Would it be hard to leave Everton? Yes, obviously. You know what it means. I've been there for five years myself but also know first-hand what it means to a lot of people so, yes it would be,'' the former Wigan Athletic man added.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports United have tabled a bid for Crewe Alexandra youngster Nick Powell. Ferguson has been on Powell's trail for a long time and has finally made an offer for the midfielder, who notched up 15 goals and seven assists playing for the fourth-tier club last season. The 18 year old scored a stunning volley at Wembley last weekend as Crewe beat Cheltenham 2-0 in the play-offs to gain promotion to League One. The report says Powell will hold talks with United this week and Ferguson may even agree to loan him back to Crewe for another season, as the club try to finish the deal soon and beat off competition from Arsenal and Tottenham for the player's signature.
The Red Devils are also tracking Newcastle's goalscoring machine Papiss Demba Cisse, according to the Daily Mail.
Cisse scored 13 goals in 14 league appearances for the Magpies this year after arriving from Freiburg in January for a bargain deal of £10mn and his sublime form has alerted several European giants, including the Manchester clubs. The 26 year old has been named Senegal's captain and has also won the African Golden Boot and it is understood that Toon boss Alan Pardew is facing a tough fight to keep the club's most in-demand asset this summer.
Finally, United are closing in on the signing of Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa, reports the Telegraph.
The 23 year old has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford for months and it now appears the deal may be close to completion, with Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc saying some details are still to be confirmed.
Kagawa had confirmed that he met with Ferguson regarding a summer move and the report says that a fee in the region of £12mn has been agreed.