Even though the new Manchester United manager seems to be exercising caution, with regards his forays into the transfer market, you have to assume that there will be at least one stellar arrival before the window closes.
Manchester United fans would of course love to see a player arrive you can make their jaws drop and get them on their feet on a regular basis.
But it looks as if the defence will also be a priority for Louis van Gaal between now and September. One player who looks ever more likely to join Manchester United is Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen.
With no official word from either About him signing the latest events to unfold Arsenal suggest that the Belgian’s gone in spirit if not in body. Because new recruit Calum Chambers has been spotted in training wearing Vermaelen’snumber 5 shirt.
The Express reports:
Thomas Vermaelen edges toward Man Utd move after Calum Chambers nicks his shirt number
While some may see this signing as a slightly underwhelming one for Manchester United, the Belgian will bring composure and good technique to a defence which is very promising but also pretty young. At 26 Jonny Evans is the oldest centre back that the club has on its books currently. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have had excellent tours and, of the youngsters, Tyler Blackett has done his cause no harm at all.
But it does appear that Louis van Gaal wants to bring in an older, more experienced head, in order to keep things calm when Manchester United are under pressure in the big games next season.
Apart from anything Manchester United will need extra numbers in defence now that they will be playing with three centre backs.
Let’s take a look at Vermaelen in action. Manchester United fans: would this be a worthy investment or would you rather look elsewhere for defenders?Follow @soccersweep10