Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is set to meet with chief executive Ed Woodward to discuss the transfer plans for this month and the summer, with the Dutchman keen to launch another recruitment drive.
According to the Daily Express Van Gaal is to convene with Woodward to talk about a transfer spree worth a combined £150 million, with the 63-year-old clearly not satisfied with how his team are progressing.
Despite the fact that United sit fourth in the Premier League, and have occupied third for a number of weeks since the summer, United are said to have several top targets for this month, who Van Gaal is keen to acquire.
First and foremost there’s AS Roma’s Kevin Strootman, who is also on the radar at Chelsea. Having played under Van Gaal during the manager’s stint in charge of the Netherlands he’s accustomed to his tactics and methods of working, and his club are said to be willing to engage in negotiations providing they receive an offer well over the odds.
Whether or not United are prepared to stump up such a sum remains to be seen, though he’s billed as one of Van Gaal’s preferred options for improving his midfield. Then there’s Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, who would certainly be a natural leader for United’s defence.
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Currently, the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are struggling to hold the fort following the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, and Hummels is a world-class option who might be open to leaving the Bundesliga.
Premier League targets
The other three targets on Van Gaal’s wish-list are all Premier League based, with Everton right-back Seamus Coleman, Southampton youngster Nathaniel Clyne and top Arsenal target Morgan Schneiderlin all having impressed him.
The trio are all important assets to their clubs, and so won’t come cheap, but they can boast experience of the English game and so no there would be no concerns over a so called ‘teething’ period.
If Van Gaal gets his way, and Woodward and his fellow big-wigs consent to giving him access to virtually unlimited funds, then fans can expect to see big things happening at Old Trafford.