Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is confident that he can capture Everton star Seamus Coleman during the January transfer window, and is plotting a bid of around £20 million.
According to The Guardian the Dutchman is keen on the Irish right-back as he looks to bolster his defensive third, and although United are willing to wait until the summer to purchase him, Van Gaal will try something of a coup next month.
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Despite sitting in third place heading into the New Year United’s squad has looked bereft of a sturdy defense, and it’s this area Van Gaal is tipped to improve in January. A host of centre-backs have already been linked with making moves to Old Trafford, though the acquisition of a right-back isn’t something that has been mentioned regularly in the transfer rumour mills.
Currently the only established senior player Van Gaal has in the aforementioned position is Rafael da Silva, who has failed to look the part since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Brazilian’s injury woes have paved the way for Antonio Valencia to be used regularly on the right-hand side, but Van Gaal is believed to be on the look out for someone who is a natural in the position.
With Coleman currently excelling at Goodison Park he’s the obvious choice if United want someone who is already acclimatised to Premier League football, although Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is hardly going to be ready to listen to offers.
The Spaniard has spent much of his time in charge of Everton repelling interest from Old Trafford for his key players, with Marouane Fellaini having left early on in his reign and the likes of Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley constantly linked with the Red Devils.
It remains to be seen whether or not Coleman himself will push for a move if a bid is indeed submitted. Having enjoyed something of a meteoric rise since his move from lowly Sligo Rovers he may have dreams of major silverware that can’t be achieved whilst he remains in the blue half of Merseyside, though it will take a lucrative offer for him to abandon his post mid-way through the campaign.