Louis van Gaal jokes over Lionel Messi interest

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal provided an entertaining response to journalists when questioned over the possible signing of Angel di Maria yesterday (Sunday).

The Dutchman was speaking in the aftermath of his side’s 1-1 draw at Sunderland, with the Red Devils claiming just one point from their opening two Premier League matches this season.

With seven days left in the summer transfer window, more players are expected to arrive at Old Trafford as the former champions look to shake things up - with Di Maria reportedly on the verge of a move.

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However, Van Gaal was unwilling to give anything away when speaking to the press, and rather than confirm the situation over the Argentine winger, joked that other players - notably Arturo Vidal and Lionel Messi - were also of interest.

“When a transfer has been finished, then we can say anything. But, for now, you have to wait and see if the moment is there and then Manchester United shall announce it,” he told the press.

“But, it’s not only Di Maria - maybe Vidal or Messi. Yeah, we are a big club, so.”

Legitimate transfer chances?

Whilst Van Gaal’s comments are obviously meant to be taken with a pinch of salt, the Dutchman was clearly looking to make a point - that Manchester United are a club who still have the ability to make their mark in the transfer window.

Signing Messi might be taking things a little far, of course, but the imminent big-money arrival of Di Maria shows that the Red Devils still have the money available to make significant moves in the market, irrespective of their lack of Champions League football this season.

Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo have already arrived at Old Trafford this summer, and the club still have time to make more signings before deadline day on September 1st.

Transfer clock ticks down

Manchester United fans will hope that the Vidal name-check means the Juventus star is on the radar, but it's difficult to tell given the cryptic nature of Van Gaal's comments.

One things for sure though, results will need to pick up on the pitch quickly if the Red Devils will continue to have pulling power in the market and vast sums of money to spend on players when it matters.

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