Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has already identified the players he wants to bring to the club in the January transfer window.
This has been reported by the Guardian, who have suggested that the Red Devils could line up moves for Roma star Kevin Strootman and Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels in the next transfer window.
It appears, then, that Louis van Gaal is not fully satisfied with his squad despite having spent over £150 million this past summer. The Red Devils landed a number of high profile names, including the likes of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao.
Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo were also purchased by the new Red Devils boss in this past transfer window, with a number of stars heading out of the Old Trafford exit door.
But, despite signing Herrera and Blind, who could feature in the middle of the park this term, many Manchester United fans were expecting the club to land a tough tackling, box-to-box central-midfielder. That's where Dutch ace Kevin Strootman could come in, with the same report suggesting that United and Roma could agree a £30 million deal for the player's services in the winter market.
Strootman is currently out with a long term knee injury, but is expected to return before the opening of the January transfer window, which could lead to him eventually moving to Old Trafford.
As well as another midfielder, it was suggested that a world-class centre-back would arrive this summer following the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at the back end of last season. Argentine ace Marcos Rojo will, of course, look to prove his credentials in defence this term, with the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans also looking to step up.
If United do struggle at the back, then Van Gaal may turn to Germany's World Cup winning defender Mats Hummels, who has also been rated at around £30 million. The report from the Guardian has, however, suggested that it could prove difficult for the Red Devils to land the Dortmund captain in the winter market, so Van Gaal may have to wait until next summer to get his man.
Van Gaal's immediate focus, though, will be on improving his team after a poor start to the season. The Red Devils play host to QPR on September 14 and Van Gaal will be desperate to secure his first competitive win as manager of Manchester United.
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