With the 2014/15 drawn to a close, many clubs and managers will be mulling over the taste of disappointment.
Amongst those clubs are Manchester United who, despite acquiring the services of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao before the start of the season, struggled to impress fans and under-performed in what turned out to be a mediocre campaign for the Red Devils.
It is therefore clear that, with the challenge of Champions League football facing them next season, as well as the seemingly imminent departure of their star shot stopper David de Gea to Real Madrid, Louis van Gaal needs to do some serious summer shopping before September of this year.
It’s no surprise then that Van Gaal has already started splashing his money after the recent £30 million signing of Memphis Depay while, of course, there is plenty of speculation as to who will follow the young Dutchman in the coming weeks.
The main area of interest for the Red Devils appears to be centred around world champions Germany as they look to acquire the brightest stars of the Bundesliga. With young talent blossoming left, right and centre, Germany at the moment seems to be a gold mine not only for intimidating veterans of the game such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, but also impressive youngsters such as Mario Gotze and Marco Reus.
Oh yes, the World Cup winners are unsurprisingly attracting a lot of worldwide attention and Van Gaal is making sure he is at the top of the pecking order. After a disappointing season for Borussia Dortmund as well as the loss of beloved manager Jurgen Klopp, the departure of players such as Mats Hummels and Gundogan are looking increasingly likely and the 'Theatre of Dreams' could become their next stomping ground.
It is also assumed that with a fall in the club's stature, Marco Reus will also be intent of leaving the club and broadening his horizons in the near future. But we shall have to wait and see on all of these.
As well as this, it is rumoured that United may also manage to lure Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino away from his club Hoffenheim FC for the fee of €18 million and, in doing so, would beat bitter rivals Liverpool to the transfer.
United are also looking to throw some of the more experienced Bundesliga players into the mix after recently setting their sights on Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger. Adding a player such as Schweinsteiger to their ranks, United will hope to regain the solidarity in their midfield which they have been lacking all year.
So it seems as though Old Trafford will by flying the German flag next season hoping recent international success can lead them to domination in Europe, and start their Premier League season with a bang.
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