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A list of Manchester United-linked names to consider in silly season

Jul 31, 2014, 3:21 PM EDT

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When Lazio snapped up Dutch defender Stefan de Vrij, he became the latest in a long list of silly season targets headed to Manchester United that, well, didn’t.

So we thought it would be a fun trip down memory lane to dip through the vault for names linked, tipped and all-but-delivered to Old Trafford since David Moyes took over in the Summer of 2013.

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Stefan de Vrij
Arturo Vidal
Luke Shaw
Ander Herrera
Juan Cuadrado
James Rodriguez
Edinson Cavani
Angel Di Maria
Arjen Robben
Cesc Fabregas
Fredy Guarin
Fabio Coentrao
Juan Mata
Andros Townsend
Toni Kroos
Yohan Cabaye
Dante
Claudio Marchisio
Ilkay Gundogan
Mario Mandzukic
Ravel Morrison
Marco Reus
Ever Banega
Paul Pogba
Andrea Pirlo
Marouane Fellaini
Leighton Baines
Gareth Bale
Luka Modric
Mats Hummels
Dries Mertens
Kevin Strootman
Ross Barkley
Joao Miranda
Wesley Sneijder
Alexis Sanchez
Cristiano Ronaldo
Memphis Depay
Ashley Cole
Thomas Vermaelen

This took all of 15 minutes and involved a very easy swoop through the transfer trail. Four of the 40 names actually found their way to Old Trafford. Four. That’s 10 percent success and there are only so many big names in the world. Essentially, if someone is unsettled or at a smaller club, they are coming to a bigger club.

And this isn’t a Manchester United thing alone. Pick a giant club and they have been linked with a bevy of players who never came to town. Actually, it’s not even giant clubs, as Newcastle has seen links for everyone from Chicharito to Bafetimbi Gomis to Clint Dempsey.

It’s what makes transfer season incredibly frustrating but also limitless amounts of fun. Who’s coming to your team today? Maybe no one, but we can dare-to-dream.

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