Tuesday 16 January 2018

Man Utd transfer news: Louis van Gaal plans spending spree summit with Glazer family

Chris Bascombe

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will hold a transfer summit with the club’s American owners as another major spending spree is considered ahead of next season.

The Dutch manager confirmed he would be speaking to Joel and Avram Glazer about plans to maintain and enhance his squad during the pair’s current visit to Manchester.

The Glazer’s attended United’s 3-1 victory over Burnley on Wednesday night, and while there will be encouragement at the current league position, form wise the team still looks some way off being capable of mounting a title challenge.

Future signings are sure to be discussed, but top of the agenda is likely to be confirming the long-term future of goalkeeper David De Gea, who has been continuously linked with Real Madrid and has been tipped as the source of the next major pay day for agent Jorge Mendes should he strike a world-record deal for a goalkeeper.

Despite United’s erratic form, De Gea will be a candidate for Player of the Year given he has often single-handedly kept his side in the top four with a series of man-of-the-match performances.

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United will want the Spanish keeper tied down for a prolonged period and will probably have to make De Gea one of the highest paid keepers on the planet – as well as arranging a handsome commission with his representative to make it happen.

They also have the complicated issue of Radamel Falcao’s future to consider before the end of the season, the Colombian’s poor form certainly not justifying the kind of £40 million fee under discussion to make his switch to Old Trafford permanent. It is inconceivable United would pay anywhere near such a figure for a striker who has looked a shadow of the player who was so coveted prior to his injury problems. Given Mendes also represents Falcao, it will be a test of Van Gaal and chief executive Ed Woodward’s diplomatic skills to ensure the right outcome in both the De Gea and Falcao negotiations.

United also have an extensive list of summer targets including Roma’s Kevin Strootman and Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, who have been the subject of interest since Van Gaal took charge.

United are also interested in Athletic Bilbao youngster Aymeric Laporte, a 20-year-old French defender.

After Danny Ings’ impressive performance at Old Trafford, there may also be a temptation to join the race for his signature at the end of the season. United would need to challenge Liverpool for Ings' signature, given the Merseyside club remains confident they will advance talks for the Burnley striker who is out of contract at Turf Moor in the summer.

Telegraph.co.uk

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