Like a diabetic in a sweet shop all this midfield transfer activity has become a little overwhelming. For years under the Sir Alex Ferguson most of us just accepted that a midfield was a luxury and not a necessity. It seems Van Gaal is happy to introduce a radical idea of having players in the middle of the park, rather than the Chilean number six Émpty Spacé that’s occupied the role for years.
Last night Europe’s biggest selling newspaper Bild broke the story that Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to sign for United for an approximate fee of 18 million Euros. The German publication have since penned a good luck letter to the German international this morning and put the announcement on their front page.
Though the 30 year old has countless honours, indisputable quality and a wealth of experience-not to mention Bastian has played under Van Gaal before-there are still doubts over the signing. These have largely come because of the midfielder’s recent injury record and his age, but in a time where United need quick fixes for fast results a signing like this could be pivotal in next season’s title challenge.
More news broke last night in Manchester that the signing of the German midfielder would not be instead of but rather alongside the signing of Morgan Schneiderlin. Van Gaal is looking to reinforce the midfield so is still interested in bringing Southampton’s star midfielder to Old Tafford even if Schweinsteiger arrives in Manchester this week.
Both James Robson from Manchester Evening News and Greg Stobart from Goal.com have run stories that the United boss wants both midfielders in the squad next season. A midfield that would be indisputably formidable and something United have missed since the days of Paul Scholes and Roy Keane.
Media outlets are running stories that Van Gaal wants the transfers completed by Monday, but this is undoubtedly wild speculation. With Bayern Munich due to reveal their 2015-2016 squad later today in Munich, the absence or presence of Schweinsteiger will dictate how likely he’ll be wearing Manchester red next season.
Manchester United have reached an agreement with Dinamo Zagreb to sell Angelo Henriquez to the Croatian side.
Henriquez has impressed during his spell in the Croatian capital, scoring 20 goals in 25 appearances for Dinamo, as the outfit from the Croatian capital won the Croatian First League.
Di Maria taken off with suspected injury in Copa America final
Angel di Maria had to be taken off with a suspected hamstring injury in the Copa America final.
The Manchester United winger was running at full pace before he pulled up and he wasn’t able to run it off, so he had to be substituted.
Di Maria, 27, will be devastated to have gone off in the Copa America final having missed the World Cup final because of an injury as well.
In both the World Cup and Copa America, Di Maria played an important role in Argentina earning their place in the final, so it is a real shame for him to have had such bad luck with injuries.
Man United fans will understandably be concerned about any injury for Di Maria because it was so crucial for him to have a proper pre-season in order to start well next year.
Hopefully Di Maria’s injury is nothing too serious but it looks like it could be a hamstring problem. We’ll bring you an update as soon as there is one.
Here is a video of Di Maria’s injury:
Robin Van Persie is edging closer to leave Manchester United after having reportedly agreed personal terms with Fenerbache.
According to the Guardian, the Dutchman’s agent, Kees Vos, has spent the last two days in Istanbul in a bid to clinch a deal with the Super Lig giants, which had been linked with a move for the 31-year-old for the last couple of weeks.
Bastian Schweinsteiger could leave Bayern Munich this summer, according to Matthias Sammer, the club’s sporting director.
The 2014 World Cup winner has spent his whole career with the Bavarian giants but has been repeatedly linked with a move to Old Trafford over the last couple of years, with rumours intensifying in the last month or so.
Gary Neville believes Manchester United are not ready to challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title just yet.
United finished fourth in Louis Van Gaal’s first campaign at the club and are expected to turn from also-rans into title contenders, but the former United right-back insisted they’ve some catching up to do if they’re to challenge Chelsea.
Manchester United have made a bid of £28.6m for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, after the 29-year-old told his club he wants to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.
Last week, the 2010 World Cup winner emerged as surprise target for Louis Van Gaal, after a number of different media outlets suggested United were determined to include Ramos in any deal involving David De Gea.
Manchester United are unlikely to sign Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer, after the German midfielder has told a German broadcaster he wants to win a fourth consecutive Bundesliga title.
The World Cup winner, who has only one year left on his deal, had said last month that he was in no hurry to sign a new contract at the Allianz Arena, prompting speculations that he could join former manager Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford.