Louis Van Gaal plans clear-out to finance spending

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Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal will be just as busy offloading players this summer as bringing new ones in.

According to the Daily Star the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Nani and Ashley Young could all be shown the door when the Dutchman finally takes charge of United for the first time this week.

United are prepared to hand Van Gaal a huge transfer budget, even after the £54m double capture of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw from Athletic Bilbao and Southampton respectively.

Fringe players

But the former-Netherlands boss, who guided his country to third place at the World Cup this month, is keen to cut some of the fringe players from his squad.

He will assess his new players this week ahead of a gruelling preseason campaign, but the likes of Zaha, Young and Nani will be among those fearing for their futures.

Van Gaal will take charge of United for the first time on Wednesday, as he seeks to rebuild a squad that went from first under Sir Alex Ferguson to seventh in the Premier League under successor David Moyes.

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Champions League aim

His immediate aim will be to qualify for Champions League football, while he has until September 2nd in the short term to bring in the necessary quality to help make that happen.

A whole host of names have been linked with United in the wake of his appointment, including a number of Dutch internationals who played under the former-Bayern Munich boss in Brazil.

£150m spend?

But the three names the report claims are his top three targets are Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, Argentinian midfielder Angel Di Maria and Juventus star Arturo Vidal.

Hummels, part of the Germany national team that won the World Cup, is rated at £20m while Di Maria could cost up to £48m and Vidal up to £35m - taking a potential triple swoop to above the £100m mark. That would mean United's total outlay - including Shaw and Herrera - would top £150m.

Still, United fans have demanded a strong response to the disappointment of last season and a clear out to this degree of severity would doubtless be welcomed by most United supporters.

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