Louis van Gaal has been given a blank cheque by chairman Ed Woodward to help bring Manchester United back to the top of English football. Some of the names doing the rounds are defenders Mats Hummels and Thomas Vermaelen, while talk of landing Edinson Cavani and Arturo Vidal would certainly get United fans excited.
Mats Hummels has been a Manchester United target all summer, and, if reports from Spanish newspaper Sport are to believed, van Gaal has already beaten Barcelona coach Luis Enrique and landed the German. The World Cup star’s current club, Borussia Dortmund, has signed Freiburg’s Matthias Ginter from Freiburg as a replacement.
Thomas Vermaelen, another centre back who has attracted van Gaal’s interest, seems closer to the exit door at Arsenal, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger quoted by ESPN as saying.
“I cannot guarantee he will stay, but should he go I would bring another centre back in for sure”
All the pieces appear to be in place for the Belgian international to complete at £10 million move to Old Trafford.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani could end up at United before the transfer window closes according to The Mirror, the Uruguayan is apparently unhappy that Zlatan Ibrahimović rather than himself is the focus of the Parisian outfit’s attack.
While United fans would love to see a superstar like Cavani line out for them, the price tag of at least £50 million may deter van Gaal. The idea would hardly delight Wayne Rooney either, whose status as United’s front line striker has been already undermined by Robin van Persie’s arrival two seasons ago.
Meanwhile the ongoing saga of Arturo Vidal’s possible departure from Juventus continues. The Mirror quoted Pavel Nedved, former Czech legend and current director of the Italian outfit, as saying
“Our strategy is clear, we want to keep all our best players, including Vidal and Pogba. Certainly, if there was a high bid for them, we’d have to think about it but we don’t want to sell our champions.”
It is clear from this statement that the Italians are willing to do business, the question now is whether van Gaal is willing to stump up the cash to meet the £30 million plus valuation of the Chilean.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena