Ander Herrera to kick off £200m spending spree

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The £28.8m signing of Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera is set to kick off a £200m spending spree by Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal.

That's according to the Daily Mirror, who report that the capture of the Spanish midfielder is only just the start for the Old Trafford club. Three defensive additions - one left back and two centre-halves - are also on the agenda while Van Gaal wants Arjen Robben too.

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Herrera will get things started for United this summer, and could be formally announced as a United player as early as Thursday. He's been in Manchester today at the Carrington training ground undergoing a medical.

It stands in stark contrast to last year when United's pursuit of Herrera reached farcical levels of hilarity after "impostors" were said to be negotiating a transfer without United's knowledge.

The report claims Herrera has always been eager to move to Old Trafford, but United's haphazard approach to the transfer market last summer has put the move off for 12 months.

In 2013, United boss David Moyes chased all manner of midfield targets, from Cesc Fabregas to Sami Khedira.

Who's next?

So three defensive additions look likely for United, and one of them is all but certain to be Southampton's Luke Shaw. Although there's conflicting reports of whether United have indeed bid £34m for the teenager, it looks likely that they'll eventually wrap up a deal to bring him to Old Trafford.

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But with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic departed, Van Gaal wants another two centre-backs in the squad as replacements. Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels has been a long-term target and Van Gaal is a big fan of his Dutch international defender Bruno Martins Indi.

Arjen Robben too?

And a wildcard signing could be on the cards in the shape of Robben. Another who plays under Van Gaal, the 30-year-old winger has been one of the standout players at the World Cup. But he would not come cheap, and at his age Robben would not retain much resale value.

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