Published 18/07/2014 | 11:59
Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
The Chilean midfielder is ideal for the Manchester United midfield, with his tenacious tackling and passion. Van Gaal is known to be an admirer of the Juventus star, but the Italian club may not be willing to accept any offers, even if it around the £32-million mark, which United are thought to have offered.
Ángel di María (Real Madrid)
The winger flatted to deceive at the World Cup for Argentina, but he is highly rated by Louis van Gaal, and the Dutchman seems ready to tussle with Paris St Germain for the former Benfica attacker.
Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich)
The German centre-back or left back, is highly rated by Louis van Gaal. The 6ft 3in defender, who has not featured this season due to a long-term injury, has played 30 times for his country and has been at Bayern since 2002, when he joined the academy.
Sebastian Jung (Eintracht Frankfurt)
In 2012 the right back was the first Eintracht Frankfurt player to be called up to the German national squad, though he still only has one cap after that friendly against Van Gaal's Holland. Many regard him as the long-term replacement for Philipp Lahm for Germany, and Arsenal are thought to be monitoring him.
Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal)
Arsenal captain last season, the defender has said he is not sure where his future lies after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates. United are keen on the Belgian, but Arsene Wenger is thought to want players, not money, in return for any move, which could be a sticking point.
Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain)
In an interrupted first season in the French capital (thanks to injury and divorce) the Uruguay striker still managed to score 16 goals. Critics say that he has lost some potency after his €64.5-million move from Napoli, though he may well disprove that theory at the World Cup when his price could skyrocket alongside Luis Suarez.
Claudio Marchisio (Juventus)
The midfielder, capped 47 times for Italy, who scored against England in the World Cup is incredibly versatile, which is a big attraction for Louis van Gaal. Having been at Juventus since 1993 Marchisio is understood to be open to a move away from the club.
Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)
The centre-back came to prominence at the European Championships two years ago and Real Madrid were thought to be very close to signing the young German. The former Bayern Munich academy graduate stayed in Dortmund, though, and has continued to attract suitors. The 36-cap defender will come at a high price, though..
Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)
Yet another German international in this list, Reus is an option if United fail to land Kroos, who remains their top target for a midfield boost. The Borussia Bortmund playmaker is more attack-minded than his countryman, and has a great goal-to-game ratio at club and international level (seven in 19 appearances).
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
Still just 30, the right winger is a star for the Dutch national team and Van Gaal will use all his powers of persuasion to tempt Robben back to the Premier League, where he first featured for Chelsea a decade ago. Sharp, skilful and never afraid to shoot, the former Real Madrid attacker, who has won 73 caps for The Netherlands, would give United much-needed guile up top, and has a good understanding with Robin van Persie.
Arda Turan (Atletico Madrid)
A former Galatasaray winger, who has won 72 caps for Turkey, Turan has a release-fee clause of £32 million, and with Liverpool and others circling, Louis van Gaal could enter into the fray.
With a reported £150m war-chest at his disposal, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has no shortage of options in strengthening his playing squad.
Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw are already in place for the coming season and in his first press conference since taking over in the Old Trafford hot-seat, the Dutch man says he will take his time before choosing any new players.
Here are eleven players being linked to the red half of Manchester.