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Manchester United set to spend big before deadline day

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal i set to continue his spending in the lead up to deadline day, and has drawn up a list of transfer targets worth around £82 million according to the Guardian.

The Red Devils have so far spent around £130 million in this summer window, and broke the British transfer record by forking out £59.7 million for Angel di Maria from Real Madrid. They're not expected to stop there however, with reinforcements in midfield and defence on the agenda before the end of deadline day on Monday.

Targets

According to the Guardian there are four targets he is chasing in particular; William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon, Arturo Vidal of Juventus, AC Milan's Nigel do Jong and Ajax utility man Daley Blind.

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It is unlikely he will attempt to sign all four; instead Vidal is believed to be Van Gaal's top midfield target, with Carvalho as a back up option alongside De Jong. As it stands Blind appears to be the only defensive target for the former Dutch boss, although that could well change.

Pricey

Those four players are likely to come with hefty price tags as the window draws to a close. Carvalho is believed to be available for around £24 million - much less than his reported £35 million release clause - and he's also been linked with a move to both Arsenal and Chelsea.

Juventus’ Arturo Vidal is worth at least £30m, while De Jong would cost around £10 million Ajax’s Daley Blind, who would set Manchester United back £18 million.

The deal Vidal is looking increasingly unlikely to happen with time fast running out, and a move for Carvalho may represent a more realistic option.

Problems

He is third party-owned by an investment group however and Manchester United would have to buy him outright to comply with Premier League rules - and a similar issue held up their move for Marcos Rojo which could prove an issue with time running out.

De Jong was part of Van Gaal's World Cup squad in Brazil this summer and could be available, although his connection to Manchester City is unlikely to make him popular amongst the Old Trafford faithful.

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