Monday 27 January 2020

Who will join and who will leave Manchester United in the next 96 hours?

Louis van Gaal has admitted that he will be very busy over the final four days of the summer transfer window. What deadwood will be cleared out and who will be the fresh faces at Old Trafford.

Players who could arrive at Old Trafford

Kevin Strootman

A knee injury has ruled him out of the World Cup, just as he was starting to impress for Roma. Van Gaal’s Dutch connection makes him an obvious target. As Roma looking for substantial transfer fee.

Louis van Gaal knows Kevin Strootman, pictured, well from his time as Holland coach

Mats Hummels

A key figure in Dortmund’s run to the 2013 Champions League final and stalwart for the German side in Brazil, United are understandably interested given the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Could move to Old Trafford with Shinji Kagawa going in the other direction.

Borrusia Dortmond defender Mats Hummels is a target for Manchester United. Photo: Martin Rose/Getty Images

Arturo Vidal

The Chilean had a strong World Cup after a good season with Juventus. Vidal is another player linked with being a solution to Manchester United’s under-performing midfield. There were reports last night that Juventus rejected a €43m offer from United.

Juventus are confident that they will be able to hold onto Arturo Vidal

Nigel de Jong

Van Gaal is a huge admirer of the former Manchester City midfielder having made him a key figure of the Dutch World Cup squad. Van Gaal regards the 29-year-old as possessing the leadership qualities and ball-winning ability to stiffen the midfield and believes AC Milan will sell for the right offer.

Argentina's Javier Mascherano also carried on playing after suffering a blow to the head during the World Cup semi-finals against the Netherlands. (REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/Files)

Daley Blind

The Ajax midfielder can play in a holding role and on the left, while also being able to operate at left-back and on the left of a back three, so his versatility suits Van Gaal's philosophy.

At 24, Blind is ready to leave Ajax, who have made no secret of their readiness to sell players for the right fee.

Ajax want to keep Manchester United-linked Daley Blind for another year

Players who could be saying goodbye to Old Trafford this weekend

Anders Lindegaard

Understudy to David de Gea, the Denmark goalkeeper is a self-confessed United fanatic, but struggled for game time last season. Was involved in United's pre-season tour of the United States but Van Gaal is ready to offload him.

Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard of Manchester United acknowledges the crowd

Danny Welbeck

Van Gaal has put the England forward up for sale, to the surprise of many. Everton, Spurs, Arsenal, Newcastle and Sunderland are among the clubs believed to be interested in signing him.

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Arguably the biggest waste of money during Sir Alex Ferguson's 27-year reign as manager. Offered little since his £26m arrival from Porto in May 2007 and spent the second half of last season on loan at Fiorentina. He was terrible against MK Dons. There has been no interest from other clubs so far.

Manchester United's Anderson (2nd R) and Jonny Evans (R) react after Will Grigg of Milton Keynes Dons scored their second goal during their League Cup soccer match at stadiummk last night

Tom Cleverley

Now 24, the England midfielder is facing a crossroads. Does little to affect big games and question marks remain over what he contributes to the team. Aston Villa have had a £8m bid accepted but Valencia are also understood to be interested.

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley insists the criticism he has endured over the past year has made him 'develop a much thicker skin'. Photo: by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images

Shinji Kagawa

The Japanese midfielder has proven to be lacking, both physically and mentally, since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a £17m deal in June 2012. Rarely trusted by David Moyes and has been heavily linked with a move back to Dortmund with reports this morning that personal terms have been agreed.

Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa

Wilfried Zaha

The first to go after rejoining Crystal Palace on a season-long loan deal last night. Alex Ferguson's final signing was overlooked by David Moyes before being loaned to Cardiff in January.

Wilfried Zaha struggled to make any impression for Manchester United

Javier Hernandez

Appeared destined to be a star after scoring 20 goals in his debut season in 2010-11, but the Mexican has not progressed and his all-round game leaves much to be desired. Likely to be sold and several top clubs around Europe would like to sign him.

Javier Hernandez is reportedly on his way out of Manchester United

Marouane Fellaini

Cursed by his £27.5m price tag and status as David Moyes's big summer signing, the Belgian midfielder endured a nightmare first season at United. Napoli were keen to take him on loan this summer but injury scuppered the deal.

Marouane Fellaini has endured a tough time at Old Trafford

Ashley Young

The former Aston Villa winger has done little of note in a United shirt since arriving from Villa Park in 2011 but Louis van Gaal was impressed by his performances on the pre-season tour of the United States. Been back to his old tricks since Premier League began.

Manchester United's Ashley Young has his shot blocked by Vito Mannone of Sunderland during the Premier League game at the Stadium of Light. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Rafael da Silva

Has not yet been seen this season, even though he could be suited to the right wing-back role in Van Gaal's system. United would listen to offers.

Players who could join United before the window closes

Rafael da Silva

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