Louis Van Gaal has been told by Manchester United that he’s free to break the world transfer record this summer to bring his intended targets to Old Trafford this summer.
United kick off their Premier League season against Swansea in less than a month but Van Gaal has effectively been in charge only for a week and a lot is expected to happen between now and August 15th, as far as both arrivals and departures are concerned. Alex Buttner, Federico Macheda and Patrice Evra have joined Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand out of the club with Anderson, Bebe and another couple of players expected to follow suit.
Manchester United are set to submit a €22m – £17.4m – offer for Holland international Daley Blind, one of a host of Dutch players to have been linked with a move to Old Trafford from the moment Louis Van Gaal was appointed as manager.
Blind impressed for Holland at the World Cup, where he was an ever-present figure for the Oranje and netted his country’s second goal in their 3-0 win over Brazil in the third spot play-off, and has attracted interest from a host of European clubs but United look poised to test Ajax’s resolve.
Arturo Vidal has admitted he’s aware of Manchester United’s interest but has confirmed his future remains uncertain at the moment, which will presumably opening the door to more speculation on the Chilean star’s plans.
Vidal’s performances for Juventus and Chile have attracted interest from a host of European clubs, with United thought to be the frontrunners in the race for the 27-year-old midfielder, despite repeatedly insisting that Vidal is not on the club’s radar and despite Juventus being adamant that Vidal will not leave Turin this summer.
Now that Louis Van Gaal has finally been officially appointed as new Manchester United manager, the Dutchman can get to work on his squad ahead of next season and with less than four weeks until United open their Premier League campaign against Swansea, the former Holland manager is determined to hit the ground running.
In his first press conference as United manager, Van Gaal indicated that he wants to assess his players and that he’s determined to add a couple of signings to his current squad but the Dutchman is also likely to carry out the long overdue clearout United fans have been crying out for over the last couple of years.
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In the latest twist surrounding Manchester United’s pursuit of Arturo Vidal, the club has apparently opened talks with the Chilean midfielder’s agent and could soon test Juventus resolve with a €50m – £40m – offer, according to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla’.
Pedulla’, who is normally rather reliable in terms of transfer rumours, had already mentioned Vidal twice earlier this week, firstly claiming that United had made a €50m bid and that the Chilean international, who claimed he’d be “relaxed if a move to United fell through” was holding out for net wages of €10m – £8m – per season.
Arturo Vidal will not join Manchester United this summer, according to Juventus general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, who insisted the Chile international is “not for sale” and “happy to be at the club”, despite rumours suggesting otherwise over the last couple of weeks.
Vidal has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, with reports suggesting he could be moving to United for around £32m, while other sources claimed United would try and get the Chilean for a cheaper fee and some reports in the Italian press last night suggested that United were ready to present a €44m – £35m – offer for the 27-year-old.
Manchester United have been handed an unexpected boost in their pursuit of Chile international Arturo Vidal after Juventus manager Antonio Conte announced he was to leave the Serie A champions.
Earlier today, various news outlets had claimed United had baulked at Juventus’ demands of £34m for the Chilean midfielder and were set to move onto other targets, after Louis Van Gaal had allegedly instructed the club to look for alternatives to Vidal, who has strongly been linked with a move to United over the last couple of weeks.
As Mario Gotze inscribed his name in the history books by scoring the goal that clinched Germany’s first World Cup in 24 years, one wonders how Shinji Kagawa must have felt. The Japanese would have undoubtedly been happy to see his former teammate shine on the biggest stage of them all and perhaps he also thought that he too still has a chance of redemption.
Integral figures to the Dortmund side that won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012, neither Gotze nor Kagawa excelled after leaving the Westfalenstadion and while the former has largely atoned his inconsistent form for Bayern Munich by carving himself a spot into Germans hearts, the latter must be hoping that one of the biggest characters of the 2014 World Cup will give him another chance to shine at Old Trafford.