Manchester United to splash out £150m to land quartet
Published 23/06/2015 | 08:44
Manchester United are prepared to splash out £150m to buy an entire new spine to their team.
With Louis van Gaal desperate to challenge champions Chelsea next season, the Dutchman is ready to fork out the millions to bring in four new players to his squad.
Van Gaal has told the club that he wants them to spend whatever it takes to bring in his four targets who are Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, Real Madrid players Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema and Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Cillessen is wanted as a replacement for David de Gea who is edging ever closer to Real Madrid. United believe they can land the Ajax man for around £20m.
Ramos is said to have enquired about a switch to Old Trafford and could join for £45m while Schweinsteiger is reportedly available for £10m.
Frenchman Benzema, who has also been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool this summer, could move for up to £50m.
One player nearing the United exit door is Nani, with a move to Fenerbahce likely to be completed this week.
The Portugal winger has showed flashes of brilliance since joining back in 2007, but inconsistency and injury has curtailed his time at Old Trafford.
Nani, who has scored 25 goals in 147 league appearances, fell down the pecking order last season at Van Gaal and is surplus to requirements.
Nani was loaned back to Sporting where he scored four goals in five Champions League matches.
His agent Luca Bascherini has said talks are going well with Turkish outfit Fenerbahce.
Bascherini said: “We held talks with Terraneo [Fenerbahçe Sporting Director] regarding Nani he had lengthy negotiations. Terraneo is a man who knows what he wants and how to get it.”
Monaco right-back Fabinho looks set to join United - according to Get Football News France.
The highly-rated Brazilian full-back was one of Monaco's star players last season and has caught the eye of Van Gaal.
Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne had been one of the Dutchman's top targets, but now his attention has turned towards Fabinho.
The 21-year-old helped Monaco finish third in Ligue 1 and assisted their push in the Champions League as they reached the last eight.
Get Football News France report that only a significant offer from another European club would prevent Fabinho's move to Old Trafford going through.
Atletico Madrid want to signing United striker Javier Hernandez.
The Mexican spent last season on loan at city rivals Real but failed to force his way into the first team.
Now, TalkSport believe Atletico will come calling for the 27-year-old.
Finally, Phil Jones looks set to sign a new deal at United.
Jones' future had appeared uncertain with United linked with a number of central defenders and fullbacks.
However, the England international remains part of Van Gaal's plans.