Tuesday 21 January 2020

Man United told to stump up €65m to land World Cup stars

Colombia's Juan Cuadrado is believed to be a £25m target for Man United and Barcelona
Colombia's Juan Cuadrado is believed to be a £25m target for Man United and Barcelona

Manchester United may have to fork out up to €65m if they are to land two of their World Cup targets with the close of the transfer window looming.

Louis Van Gaal is hoping to add to his big money signings of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera with defence an obvious area that requires surgery following the departures of Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand.

World Cup-winning defender Mats Hummels is still on the priority list, with a €25m asking price believed to be what Borussia Dortmund are holding out for (The Daily Star).

The Red Devils have been courting the player for some time, but it is thought they are close to reaching the German side's asking price.

Another player that could also be moving to Manchester is Colombian Juan Cuadrado.

The Mirror also reports that United have been given until Friday to sign Cuadrado with the 26 year-old making it clear he wants to leave Fiorentina.

Club president Andrea Della Valle has revealed he has spoken to the player in recent days.

"I met with Juan (Cuadrado) and he asked me if he could leave. I asked him, 'Stay one more year', but I’m not optimistic," he told Sport Mediaset.

"Faced with an important offer, the boy wants to leave. We’ll give ourselves time until the end of August, but even without him we’ll be ultra-competitive."

A fee of between €35 - €40m is been bandied about with Barcelona also sniffing around the World Cup star.

A number of players are believed to have been told they have no future at the club, with Newcastle United stepping up their interest for out-of-favour winger Wilfried Zaha.

Signed from Crystal palace last season, he struggled to make an impression and the Magpies are prepared to pay up to £7m for the player.

Zaha was purchased in a deal worth up to £15m – but only £10m of that fee was a guaranteed payment.

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