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 have agreed to meet Louis Van Gaal’s demands over a shorter summer tour next year, after the Dutchman criticised the “dreadful distances” United have to travel in their US tour this summer and hinted the long trips could disrupt the team’s preparation ahead of next season.
United play in Pasadena – a 30-mile trip from Los Angeles, where the team is based – on Wednesday evening – early Thursday morning in the UK – and then face trips to Denver, Washington and Detroit and, potentially, a trip to Miami on August 4th if they reach the final of the International Champions Cup.
Louis Van Gaal has ordered his first major change as Manchester United manager. Unfortunately for those of us expecting it to be a one way ticket out of Manchester for Nani and Anderson, Van Gaal’s demand is for the training pitches at Carrington to be ripped up and replaced with the same surface in place at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman is in the States where United will take on LA Galaxy in their first pre-season friendly of their North American tour but that hasn’t stopped him from demanding changes to be made on the training pitches.
Manchester United have made a €35m – £27.7m – offer for Colombia international Juan Cuadrado, according to reports in a Spanish newspaper, which suggest United are looking to beat Barcelona in the race to the Fiorentina winger.
United had already tabled two separate offers for the Colombian two weeks ago, the first one thought to be in the region of €25m – £19.7m – while the second was around €30m – £23.7m – but look to be prepared to go a step further to secure the services of the 27-year-old, who impressed at the World Cup for Los Cafeteros.
Patrice Evra has left Manchester United after nine seasons to join Serie A champions Juventus, the club have confirmed via a statement on their website.
Despite the fact that Evra had put pen to paper on a 12-month extension in May, his decision to leave Old Trafford after almost a decade was largely expected, particularly as his spot in the starting XI was put under serious scrutiny by Luke Shaw’s arrival. A hugely popular figure among fans and teammates, the Frenchman was one of the best left-backs United have had over the last three decades.
According to reports in Spain, Manchester United have agreed a deal for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, who could become United’s third signing this summer after Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.
World Cup winner Hummels has been on United’s radar for over a year but there looked to be little chance of him leaving the Westfalenstadion this summer. According to Spanish newspaper Sport, however, United have agreed a €20m – £15.8m – for the German international.
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.
Ed Woodward has told Manchester United fans the club will be extremely busy over the next couple of weeks and that fans should expect various arrivals and departures before the Premier League gets underway on August 15th against Swansea.
Having already spent more than £50m on Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, United have lost Ryan Giggs, who retired at the end of last season, while Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Federico Macheda and Alex Buttner have all left the club and the quartet is set to be follow suit by another couple of players, including Patrice Evra.