It seems that Louis van Gaal is really trying to beef up his defence after last year's embarrassing back line. In major need of work, United's defence lost two and had drawn two of their first six games, an absolute shocker by the Reds' standards.
So, as any man with sense would, Van Gaal has decided to try and bring in some top class defenders to the club to match his £154 million strike force according to The Daily Telegraph.
First, Mats Hummels. Rumours of the Dortmund defender began to spew at the start of the 2014/15 season, but now news has broken that he would like to stay at Dortmund for another year, leaving Old Trafford one very important man in defence short.
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Though, it is not all doom and gloom.
Van Gaal has managed to sign Italian international Matteo Darmian, who can fill roles at either right-back or left-back for £14.4 million, taking him off of Serie A's Torino's hands. It is believed that Darmian is supposed to fill the place in the team that Dani Alves was supposed to fill. Does this mean that the Dutch manager is planning on staying away from his signature 3-5-2 with interest in two full-backs?
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The biggest transfer target is obviously Sergio Ramos, and for this to happen it seems to be at the expense of arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the world, David De Gea. Is it worth it? It seems that bringing in such a big name will require to lose a player of similar quality in the very, very back line of defence.
Though, Sergio Ramos does possibly edge De Gea on experience and quality. At 29, last season Madrid won 81.5% of their La Liga matches whereas without him they only won 72.3%. Obviously a substantial difference, so it is very likely that Ramos is a substantial player.
Finally, as far as we know, Nicolas Otamendi. He helped Valencia to reach fourtth in La Liga, and Manchester United are going to have to pay up as he is such a key player in the club. Having reportedly had a £26.7 million bid rejected, it is apparent van Gaal is going to have to make the sacrifice of maybe £30 million to fix his defence.
So yes, in my opinion United should be very hopeful for next season with all of these top class defenders coming to the club. At around somewhere near £300 million to create Van Gaal's final product, the Reds are going to be a force to be reckoned with next season if all goes to plan. The only worry is the shoes to be filled between the sticks if De Gea does leave. Maybe the Dutchman has a plan for that as well.