Louis van Gaal has told Manchester United who he wants as his first signing of the summer when he takes over at Old Trafford and that he has left the work of bringing in the new recruits solely to Ed Woodward.
According to the Daily Star, Barcelona are ready to forward Alexis Sanchez this summer and that the incoming Manchester United boss is so keen on him that he wants the Red Devils moneymen to make him their first priority. Sanchez is currently impressing at the 2014 World Cup and was the Camp Nou club's second highest scorer after Lionel Messi, but he has been told he can leave.
LOTS OF MAJOR REBUILDING GOING ON
Both Manchester United and Barcelona are undertaking rebuilds with new manager's at the helm for next season, with both squads expected to see numerous changes. Sanchez has performed well for the Catalan club since he joined them from Udinese in 2011, but has never really been a favourite of both managers and fans.
Van Gaal will have to address a number of issues when he takes up his post at Old Trafford once his duties as Holland coach in Brazil are completed. One of those is the wide areas of the team, which have failed to excite for the past couple of seasons.
WERE THE NEW CONTRACTS WISE?
Nani and Antonio Valencia have both signed new contracts with the club within the last year, but neither has been able to perform consistently for a long time. Nani's new deal was given to him by David Moyes when most thought he was certain to leave the club, but it failed to inspire the Portugal international to improve his insipid displays - this was written off as just another poor decision in Moyes' disastrous time in charge.
Fans of the Red Devils should be delighted if the Dutch coach has made Sanchez a priority because he would be the ideal addition to the squad.
The 25-year-old can operate out wide, where his searing pace would cause all kinds of toruble for Premier League defences, behind the striker and through the middle as a centre-forward. The latter of these options may not be ideal for the physical nature of the league in England, as he is a player of diminutive stature and prefers runs from wide begin defenders.
SANCHEZ IS A TOP CLASS PLAYER
He scored 19 goals in La Liga for Barcelona last summer, so it is something of a surprise that the club have decided he will not be an essential member of the squad under new coach Luis Enrique.
On the face of it, Barcelona's decision seems flawed but, as the old saying goes, never look a gift horse in the mouth. If Manchester United can kick off their summer spending by signing a player the calibre of Alexis Sanchez it would be a huge boost for the club and could be the show of ambition needed to draw other big names to Old Trafford.
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