Manchester United are determined to get rid of Marouane Fellaini, Shinji Kagawa, Nani and Anderson this summer, as Louis Van Gaal continues to the long overdue clearout operation.
Having sold Alex Buttner and Bebe for just over £6m and with Federico Macheda’s contract finally coming to an end, United are still left with a bloated squad, one which Van Gaal has deemed “broken” and “unbalanced” and different sources suggest the Dutchman will set about clearing the decks between now and the start of the season.
There isn’t just Arturo Vidal on Manchester United’s radar this summer, and Louis Van Gaal might have already moved to secure another World Cup star, if reports in Spain are to be believed.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo today suggests that United have tabled a €38m – £30m – offer for Colombia international Juan Cuadrado, who’s attracted interest from a host of different clubs this summer, including United and Barcelona. It is an interesting development, given that on Tuesday another Spanish newspaper, Sport, claimed that both clubs were ready to go head-to-head in the race for the Fiorentina player, after La Viola‘s manager, Vincenzo Montella, admitted that Cuadrado’s future remained uncertain.
Manchester United are ready to table a €60m – €48m – bid for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal and they’ve also already contacted the Chilean’s agent over the financial package they are ready to offer to the midfielder, according to reports in Italy.
La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Vidal’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, is due to arrive in Turin tonight to meet Juventus’ manager Massimiliano Allegri and the Serie A champions’ general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, and during their meeting Juventus will be made aware that United are ready to offer Vidal €8m – £6.3m – a season plus bonuses for the next four seasons.
Arsenal could be doing Manchester United a massive favour this summer by taking Nani off their hands, with reports in the Portuguese press suggesting the Gunners could soon table an offer for the United misfit.
Despite signing a five-year deal 12 months ago, Nani has been linked with an exit from Old Trafford since the January transfer window and, somewhat mysteriously given his appalling performances, the Portuguese looks to have attracted interest from a host of European clubs, including Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Galatasaray.
Manchester United face stiff competition from Barcelona in the race to sign Arsenal centre-back Thomas Vermaelen, according to reports in Spain that claim the Catalans’ interest in Vermaelen has increased in recent weeks.
The Belgian centre-back has been linked with a move to United for over a month now, with suggestions that Louis Van Gaal sees the Arsenal man as the perfect candidate to replace the departed Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, while Vermaelen’s versatility and his ability to play as left-back mean he could even provide cover for Luke Shaw.
The Louis Van Gaal era is up and running after United dismantled Los Angeles Galaxy 7-0 in their first pre-season friendly of the season earlier this morning to kick off their US tour in perfect fashion. Resounding though the result might be, United will have to face much sterner tests on this tour but Van Gaal’s debut was as slick as he could have hoped for.
Danny Welbeck opened the scoring, before Wayne Rooney netted twice in the first half, while second half substitutes Reece James and Ashley Young grabbed two each as United trounced the MLS outfit.
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There is very little rest for the wicked, it seems. There’s definitely been almost none for Louis Van Gaal who, less than two weeks on since his Holland side dismantled Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup third spot playoff, will take charge of his first ever game as Manchester United manager tomorrow morning at 4.10am UK time when the Reds take on Los Angeles Galaxy.
The game at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl – the same ground that hosted the 1994 World Cup final – is the first friendly of United’s US tour, which will also see them facing Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup over the next eight days.
Luke Shaw claimed he didn’t have to think twice at the possibility of joining Manchester United, once he was made aware of the club’s interest a few months ago and the 19-year-old said replacing Patrice Evra won’t add pressure on his shoulders, as he’s relishing the opportunity to impress Louis Van Gaal on United’s pre-season tour.
United had been monitoring Shaw’s progress since the turn on the year but the England international looked poised to join Chelsea, the club he had supported throughout his childhood, until United beat them in the race for Shaw’s services. The 19-year-old, however, insisted that there was only one club he ever wanted to join.