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New Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, has failed in his efforts to persuade his number one target to follow him to Old Trafford this summer.
Robben, who we previously reported to be van Gaal’s priority transfer on 21st June, revealed on Dutch television after the 3-0 win over Brazil in Brasilia that Van Gaal had approached him about joining United.
There are reports surfacing via Twitter that a Spanish radio show, Onda Cero, suggest Manchester United may well be about to purchase Angel Di Maria for €60m (£47m).
If the deal went ahead it would break Real Madrid’s highest ever fee received for a player.
“He’s keen to go to Manchester” the reports quote. WHO exactly made the quote is, at present, unknown but according to Football Journalist, Rafael Hernandez (@RafaelH117) “Onda Cero are worth listening to claiming Di Maria to Manchester United is a real possibility.”
With Patrice Evra’s move to Juventus set to be completed before the end of the week, Manchester United find themselves needing a left-back to provide cover for Luke Shaw, given the former Southampton man is currently the only option available in that particular role. However, given Shaw looked poised to be Louis Van Gaal’s first option at left-back, United do not necessarily need an older player to mentor the 19-year-old and could opt for another young prospect.
Here’s five players who could represent a valid alternative to Evra.
Phil Neville and Nicky Butt will discover whether they’re part of Louis Van Gaal’s plans or not over by the end of next week, once the Dutch manager officially takes over at Manchester United after his World Cup campaign with Holland.
Neville returned to Old Trafford last season as part of David Moyes’ coaching staff and continued to work alongside interim manager Ryan Giggs even after Moyes was sacked in April, but with Van Gaal bringing in three new coaches - Frans Hoek, Marcel Bout and Albert Stuivenberg – and Giggs promoted to assistant manager, Neville’s future remains unclear.
Despite reports widely suggesting otherwise, Manchester United did not hold talks with Juventus for Arturo Vidal while negotiating Patrice Evra’s move to the Serie A champions.
United have been monitoring Vidal for months and, according to reports, they had even gone as far as approaching Juventus in spring to enquire about the Chilean midfielder, only to be told that Vidal would not leave Turin.
Ryan Giggs has insisted Louis Van Gaal will not be “scared” by the size of the job awaiting him at Manchester United and he expects the Dutchman to be relishing the challenge at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal is a hugely experienced coach, having won titles at Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar and Giggs was adamant the Holland manager knows exactly what he’ll be expected of him at United but his experience at big clubs ensures he won’t be fazed by the task ahead of him.
It’s summer, Manchester United are looking for a midfielder, their new manager is a Dutchman. Step forward, Wesley Sneijder. Yes, that Wesley Sneijder, the man who, alongside Ezequiel Garay, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for the last four summers is again at the centre of speculations.
Galatasaray’s president Unal Aysal recently revealed that the Dutchman’s contract includes a €20m release clause and that the Turkish club will not stand in Sneijder’s way, should the clause be triggered.