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.
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.
Louis Van Gaal will start his Manchester United career with only one objective in mind, according to former Ajax and Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert, who believes the former Holland manager is determined to win the title in his inaugural season.
The 62-year-old took charge of his first training session yesterday and will be officially unveiled today as Manchester United manager and Kuivert, who was Van Gaal’s assistant with Holland, believes the Dutchman has set his sights firmly on finishing top of the league at the end of the season.
Louis Van Gaal could axe between six and 10 players in his first month at Manchester United, with the Dutchman determined to strip his squad ahead of the upcoming season by offloading players he deems to be surplus to requirements.
Van Gaal introduced himself to the squad yesterday, took charge of his first training session in the afternoon and will officially be unveiled as new Manchester United manager today but, even though he hasn’t seen all of his players in action, the 62-year-old has already been active behind the scenes.
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.