Manchester United may not have made any major signings so far this summer but the speculation is certainly intensifying as to who Louis van Gaal will spend Manchester United’s huge transfer budget on.
The big stories of the week pertained either to Holland players or to mooted arrivals from the cream of Europe’s club sides. Latest reports have again linked Manchester United with about £95m worth of talent. Let’s take a look:
Koke – reportedly has a €48 million release clause in his contract which Manchester United are prepared to pay according to The Express today.
The 22-year-old was in superb form for Atletico Madrid last season, as they clinched the La Liga title and reached the Champions League final.
It is also thought that United have offered him £3m-per-season as a financial sweetener to make the switch.
Even at this price it’s hard to imagine him not being deemed a success at Manchester United. He’s got magic in his boots. 48m Euros (£39m)
Angel Di Maria – soccersweep hasn’t always been the biggest fan of Di Maria. But we have warmed to him this season as he proved himself beyond all doubt with 11 goals and 24 assists at Real Madrid. He’s shone even though he’s had limited opportunities with the arrival of Gareth Bale. He’s quoted by Marca as saying he wants his future sorted out before The World Cup and that other teams are interested. The Metro reports today:
Manchester United are ready to make a £25million bid for Angel Di Maria after the winger admitted he could quit Real Madrid.
This may just be a bargaining tool for a new contract but it has certainly alerted various Premier League clubs. He signed for Real Madrid in 2010 for an initial £21m
Cesc Fabregas – How about this old chestnut? Whether you think that this story is the bi-product of a slow news day or that it actually has legs, the Spaniard has been linked again this week. We would love to see him at Manchester United. Will have been massive fan of the fabric that something that he would add silk and magic to the Manchester United midfield. Is one of the best bird passes passes of the ball in the world and had a great season at Barcelona. Has to be some substance this tale so persistent have been the rumours over the last year or so. 27 years of age do feel that it’s now or never for a transfer to Manchester United. He cost Barcelona £35 million.
The Daily Star said last night:
United manager Louis Van Gaal, as exclusively revealed by Starsport, has made Fabregas his No.1 transfer target this summer after scrapping the club’s plan to pursue Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos.
TOTAL – £95m