Manchester United could play a pivotal part in Atletico Madrid’s move for Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, as the La Liga side plan on offering them the services of Arda Turan in order to bolster their bank balance.
United offered Turan
Reports this morning claim that Diego Simeone is prepared to give United the opportunity to sign Turan so that he can in turn increase his chances of landing Cazorla, after Atletico’s interest was registered in Arsene Wenger’s playmaker last week. Naturally the Gunners will be keen to keep hold of the 29-year-old, but they may be willing to sell should his suitors come in with a lucrative proposal and the player himself makes it known that he wants the switch.
In effect this means that Van Gaal could have the final say on the future of one of Wenger's key players. Whilst the idea of landing Turan is in itself appealing, the notion of ensuring Cazorla's future lies away from the Emirates Stadium could be the decided factor in whether or not United choose to take Atletico up on any proposal sent their way.
The Turkey star is brilliant going forward and so would boost Van Gaal's attacking options, whilst his experience at the highest level is another attractive trait.
Swap deal for Gaitan
In other United news it emerged over the weekend that the Red Devils very much remain in the hunt for top Liverpool target Nicolas Gaitan. The Benfica ace is a sought-after commodity this summer, but Van Gaal and Co. are hoping to get the edge in the race for his signature by offering the services of Old Trafford flop Bebe plus cash.
The Argentina midfielder is one of Brendan Rodgers' top targets for the summer, but Van Gaal is hoping to pinch him ahead of his Merseyside rivals as he looks to continue his spending. Herrera has been bought in to strengthen the middle of the park, but the addition of another high-profile name would not go amiss.
A new Old Trafford centre-back
Meanwhile after having completed deals for Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, it’s thought United are now turning their attentions to the acquisition of a top-class centre-back, with Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels the first name on the wish-list.
The departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have left a gaping hole in the back four at Old Trafford, and United will be wary of replacing them with players who don't have a similar level of experience. If that is the case then their fears would be allayed by the capture of Hummels, who has established himself as one of the best defenders in Europe