Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has named his four key summer targets in a meeting with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
According to the Daily Mirror, Van Gaal held discussions with his boss recently to discuss his future at the club and potential summer arrivals.
Van Gaal reportedly feels ‘energised’ by the challenge of re-shaping Manchester United into a title winning force again following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
He was brought in after David Moyes’s failure to overhaul the United squad, and the Dutchman has asked for a transfer strategy to take United through to 2020.
His four targets for this summer focus primarily on the midfield, with two Bundesliga stars on the agenda. Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan and recent Wolfsburg signing Kevin de Bruyne were mentioned by Van Gaal, while Roma’s Dutch international Kevin Strootman was another.
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The final target is reportedly a centre-back, believed to be Dortmund’s Mats Hummels.
Midfield is clearly an area were Manchester United need to get better but questions marks remain regarding Strootman’s fitness. He is a favourite of Van Gaal’s from their time together with the national team, but serious knee problems have interrupted the centre-midfielder’s career.
De Bruyne is an interesting target, as the Belgian international only recently left Chelsea for Wolfsburg but he’s a talented young player and could be tempted by a second bite at the Premier League.
Gundogan and Hummels are two experienced Champions League operators, and with Dortmund struggling, would both make good additions.