Five players Manchester United may sign before start of the season
FIVE PLAYERS UNITED MAY SIGN IN THE NEXT THREE WEEKS
Borussia Dortmund are very reluctant to sell their talismanic centre-half, so a big money bid would be required to wrestle him away from Germany.
United have been linked with the World Cup-winning defender, but there has been no movement whatsoever.
Would be the perfect player for Jones and Smalling to learn from.
A lot of fans are wondering why United are chasing a player who can’t make the Arsenal first-team. The answer is simple. The way Van Gaal lines United up means he requires a left-footed centre-half to play on one side of a central defender. Left-footed centre-halves are few and far between.
Vermaelen was highly-rated up until a recent injury and Van Gaal seems to be a big fan. This is the most likely signing United will make, but it is believed Arsene Wenger is making life hard for Ed Woodward to get his man, with the Gunners boss keen to offload him to Barcelona instead of a top domestic rival.
One of the best box-to-box midfielders in world football, it is no surprise that United are linked with Vidal.
He looks suited to the Premier League too, but it would take a mountain of cash, somewhere in the £40-£50m region, to prise him away from Juventus.
A knee injury is also reported to be a stumbling block for Van Gaal who will only sanction the purchase should he get assurances that the injury won’t have long-term affects.
United fans seem desperate to land Vidal, but it is a long way off happening as things stand.
NIGEL DE JONG
The Dutch defensive midfielder is well known to Van Gaal and could be a very realistic target.
While Vidal is more of a box-to-box middle man, De Jong is super disciplined and sits in a role that solely protects the back four. This is more akin to how Van Gaal lined up in pre-season, with a player tasked with a certain defensive responsibility.
De Jong knows the Premier League inside-out too, having played with United’s neighbours Manchester City for three years. Would only cost around £8m and is likely to be in Van Gaal’s thoughts.
Another Dutch star of the World Cup, the Blind rumours ring through.
The reason Blind would be a welcome addition to United’s squad is because he can play in the two positions that United look stretched in.
He can adapt to play anywhere along the back line or midfield line and could be used as a utility player at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal is obviously a big fan as Blind’s discipline is his best attribute, and discipline is clearly the manager’s most favoured requirement in any player.
Though reports have gone quite on a Blind link, don’t be surprised if he ends up at Old Trafford before the end of August.