Friday 24 November 2017

Is this how Louis van Gaal wants Manchester United to line up next season?

Gareth Bale could complete a serious looking team

David Lyons

Manchester Unite boss Louis van Gaal is very hopeful of signing Gareth Bale this summer.

The Real Madrid winger could be available for €90m after admitting to those close to him that he wants out of Spain.

Well-known British journalist John Richardson, who is on friendly terms with a member of Bale’s advisors revealed yesterday that the Welshman is very close to signing for United.

He said: “I know somebody very close to Gareth Bale and the public are not hearing the real truth. He’s very unhappy there and he’s unhappy with his treatment. I think it’s almost a done deal (Bale to United) to be honest with you.”

If Bale did end up at Old Trafford, it would gift United one of th emost enviable attacking line ups in Europe.

With Van Gaal ready to finalise deals for Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne and Borussia Dortmund duo Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan as soon as the Premier League season ends, this is how United could line up for the 2015-16 season.


But how close are those deals to completion?

Nathaniel Clyne

This looks to have been sewn up over a month ago. Van Gaal has admitted he won’t personally talk to the players until the season is over, but too many sources at Southampton have all but confirmed the right-full is on his way out of the club. Even Ronald Koeman has given up hope of offering him an extension to his contract.

Chance of signing for United: 90%

Mats Hummels

After years of denying he would move from Borussia Dortmund, Mats Hummels has finally admitted he is on his way this summer. United look to be the obvious choice after they failed with a bid for him last August. They’ve kept track on him throughout the season and it looks likely they will finally get their man. The only big threat is that Bayern Munich make a late move. 

Chance of signing for United: 80%

Ilkay Gundogan

Sources in Germany revealed in early April that Gundogan to United was all but confirmed. But the trail has since gone cold. Either way, it looks as if Gundogan’s time at Borussia is also at an end and United have been long-time suitors. But there will be a host of club’s chasing the playmaker and apart from those early reports, there is no concrete evidence that Old Trafford is his definite destination. Van Gaal does want him though.

Chance of signing for United: 60%

Gareth Bale

Bale himself has said publicly that he wants to stay in Spain, but recent revelations by a source very close to him now suggest otherwise. He was again showered with abuse from Real fans after their semi-final exit to Juventus and his patience will only stretch so far.

What we do know for a fact is that United are desperate to sign the Welshman and they’ve had massive money bids for the winger turned down in each of the last two summers. This is more a possibility of this move than some would like to admit - where Bale will be playing next year really is in the balance.

Chance of signing for United: 50%

If these moves all come to fruition, the above could be United's line up next season and that will spark fear in to their rivals.

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