New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has wasted little time in the transfer market this summer, despite guiding The Netherlands to the semi-final of the World Cup, as he looks to transform the Old Trafford line-up.
GiveMeSport picks out the final three signings, that will finally complete his new look United team:
French midfielder Paul Pogba has been strongly linked with a return to Manchester United, after controversially leaving the club only two years ago.
Louis van Gaal is currently on the lookout for another explosive central player to partner recent signing Ander Herrera, with Pogba top of his list.
The 21-year-old didn’t enjoy his time under previous United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, as he didn’t feature much and was even made to train alone following a contract dispute. However, with Van Gaal now in charge Pogba may be persuaded to make a return.
Pogba impressed for France in Brazil, which has resulted in many of Europe's top clubs keeping an eye on him. One thing is for sure, Van Gaal will have to do everything in his power to have a realistic chance of signing him.
Another key area Van Gaal wants to strengthen is the defence, with the Dutchman picking out Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels as the ideal candidate.
The German defender has been an integral part of his country’s World Cup journey which has seen them reach the final - beating the hosts Brazil 7-1 in the process.
And the United boss is hoping to lure him away from the Bundesliga in a bid to solve the team’s defensive crisis. However he may have competition as Barcelona are also reportedly interested, while it could take a bid of £30million to tempt Dortmund to sell.
Hummels has been linked with several clubs as he is now regarded as one of the best centre-backs in Europe, and if United were to capture him it would add a big amount of steel to their faltering defensive line
ANGEL DI MARIA:
Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria’s future is yet again uncertain.
The Argentina international is subject to a move away from the Bernabeu, as he wants to solidify more playing time, with Premier League clubs Arsenal and Chelsea ready to pounce.
United and Van Gaal are also keeping a close eye on the 26-year-old, as they feel that he could be the man to spearhead their attack, alongside Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie.
Di Maria played a vital role in helping Real Madrid reclaim the Champions League last season and the Spanish giants certainly won't want to let him go. However with the Argentine wanting more first team football - instead of being behind Gareth Bale - they may not have a choice.
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