It’s widely expected that Manchester United will be hustling and bustling again in this summer’s transfer window as they look to rebuild another Galacticos side capable of competing for silverware next season.
It’s fair to say that United were pretty average last season, despite finishing in the top four - and qualifying for the Champions League. The chopping and changing of formations didn’t help them either as LVG struggled to find a system that produced fluent, speedy and sexy football, as Jose Mourinho once called it.
They need to strengthen in almost every area and certainly need depth within the squad. Here’s a look at the top four potential targets LVG may look to snap up.
Mats Hummels: Borussia Dortmund, centre-back
As reported by Manchester Evening News, the German centre-back has been linked with a move to United for quite some time now, and it is still debatable whether we’ll see him at Borussia Dortmund next season given the managerial goings-on at the club.
The German international is believed to be disenchanted by enigmatic coach Jurgen Klopp’s imminent departure, and Louis van Gaal - fluent in German - will hope to sway Hummels in hope of strengthening his own back line.
Hummels will bring stability, composure and experience to an out-of-sorts United defence and is the commanding centre-back they desperately need.
Nathaniel Clyne: Southampton, right-back
The Southampton full-back has had an impressive season with the Saints and has also been heavily linked with a move to United in recent months, as reported by the Evening Standard.
United need a genuine right-back and certainly cannot use Antonio Valencia as a makeshift again, while van Gaal also seems to have lost faith in out-of-favour Rafael. Clyne is viewed as the perfect replacement.
United’s strength in past seasons has been their ability to break down defences using their wide players, and the England international will add speed and much-needed dynamism to United’s flanks.
Bastian Schweinsteiger: Bayern Munich, midfielder
The evergreen German midfielder capped off yet another season lifting the Bundesliga trophy with his beloved Bayern Munich. But on the wrong side of 30, and only a few good years left on the clock, Schweinsteiger may look to play out the final years of his career elsewhere.
The German champions will look to strengthen again this summer and Schweinsteiger has often been pushed down the pecking order at the club to make way for youth players such as Sebastian Rode and Thiago.
As reported by the Daily Telegraph, the World Cup winner is linked with a move to Old Trafford. He would be a great addition to the United midfield and is the sort of box-to-box midfielder they need to relieve Michael Carrick.
Gareth Bale: Real Madrid, winger
The Welshman’s troubles have been well-documented in the Spanish media and the former Spurs man was heavily criticised by Los Blancos fans last season for his inconsistent performances, despite scoring 21 goals in all competitions.
Bale remains one of the world’s top talents and is determined to stay and win back the Real fans, but it remains to be seen whether the winger will absorb the criticism and knuckle down.
According to the Independent, United will hope to capitalise on Bale’s uncertain future at the club and LVG has to decide whether or not to use David de Gea as bait to lure the £86m man to Old Trafford.
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