Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal is still looking to land some marquee signings this summer, but is finding his negotiating position weakened by last season’s disastrous showing under predecessor David Moyes.
The new Manchester United boss, Louis Van Gaal, will try to assure potential new recruits that United are still one of Europe’s big clubs and that last season’s fiasco was merely an aberration.
The protracted saga of Arturo Vidal’s transfer continues, with Van Gaal believed to be preparing a final £39 million bid to bring the Chilean to Old Trafford according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport. While Juventus have sent out mixed messages all summer as to the World Cup star’s availability, the persistent speculation indicates that a deal is possible.
United fans would love to see Vidal line out for them at the start of next season, a banner urging van Gaal to get the deal done was spotted in the crowd at the game against LA Galaxy. However, their bitter rivals Liverpool might yet have the last word, the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio reports that the two clubs are neck and neck in the race, with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers’ ability to offer Champions League football a key bargaining chip.
The Express reports that Juan Cuadrado has been given until Friday by Fiorentina to decide between offers from United, Bayern Munich and Barcelona or as the, Italians are hoping, to opt to stay with the Serie A club.
Van Gaal has put in a £28 million bid but the Catalans are favourites to land the Columbian, although Van Gaal is hopeful he can persuade the 26-year-old that United is the best option.
Meanwhile, on the pitch things are running a lot more smoothly for the Red Devils with Van Gaal’s side recording an impressive 7-0 win against Robbie Keane’s LA Galaxy in front of a 86,432 crowd at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The Californian side, already well into their MLS season, were a disappointment and offered very little.
While it is difficult to make an assessment of the new manager in a game of this nature (the Dutchman brought on nine substitutes at halftime), Van Gaal will take a lot of positives from the encounter, not least the impressive performance of new signing Ander Herrera.
Interestingly it was Darren Fletcher and not Wayne Rooney who was handed the captain’s armband. The selection of club captain for the forthcoming season will be one of the first big calls for the Dutchman.
Robin van Persie, a player van Gaal knows well and trusts from the Dutch national team, is expected to get the nod ahead of a sure to be disappointed Rooney according to The Independent.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.