Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is ‘desperate’ to sign Dutch winger Arjen Robben in the transfer window, according to Ajax youth team coach Bryan Roy.
The Bayern Munich winger has been one of the World Cup’s star performers this summer under Netherlands boss Van Gaal, and the former Dutch international believes ‘everything is possible’ in football.
Reports in The Daily Star go on to claim that Van Gaal has been handed a £200million transfer war chest to spend in the summer market, meaning the former Premier League champions have the funds to make a move happen.
Everything is possible
"I think Louis wants him desperately to come to Manchester United,” Roy told talkSPORT.
"Bayern Munich is also a big club and he is very happy there but you never know. With football, everything is possible.”
Whilst Van Gaal is yet to arrive at Old Trafford, he appears to be in the process of revamping his squad already. The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a move for Ander Herrera, and are expected to complete a move for the €36million Spanish playmaker at some point this week.
With plenty more cash in the bank, the signings are unlikely to stop there - and Robben now appears to be another name in the frame for a potential Manchester United move.
The 30-year-old began his professional career at Gronigen in 2000, before moving to PSV Eindhoven two years later after impressing at Oosterpark Stadium. His performances at the top level of the Eredivisie didn’t go unnoticed, and Chelsea brought the player to the English top flight in 2004.
During his three years with the Blues, Robben won two Premier League titles and an FA Cup, before a move to Real Madrid saw the winger test himself against the best in Spain. He again won a domestic title, before moving to Germany in 2009.
His spell in Munich has again reaped rewards, with three Bundesliga titles and an elusive Champions League winners medal coming the Dutchman’s way whilst at the Allianz Arena. However, speculation has started to grow that he could leave Bayern this summer.
£40million price tag
Manchester United will hope they can capitalise, with speculation in The Daily Express at the weekend claiming they were lining-up a £40million offer for the 77-cap international. With Robben recently signing a contract extension until 2017, he certainly won’t come cheap.
The question then for the Red Devils chief, is whether or not Robben represents value for money? And, on the face of it, the answer is probably no.
At 30, you would have to imagine that the best is now past the Dutch speedster. He currently still has the pace and skill to burn past defenders - as proved at the World Cup - but how much longer can it last?
Value for money?
Robben would be a fantastic player for Manchester United, and there is no doubt he still has a few years ahead of him at the highest level. However, Van Gaal should be looking for someone a little younger if he's to spend such a high fee.
That said, if Ed Woodward can help negotiate a reduced fee to bring the player to Old Trafford, then it would be worth getting him in Manchester United red. There are few better in the world at Robben does, and he could play a significant role in helping younger players flourish under his compatriot.