Manchester United want Arda Turan as Angel di Maria alternative

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will make a move for Atletico Madrid ace Arda Turn - if he is unable to land Angel di Maria from Real Madrid this summer according to the Mirror.

Van Gaal faces a big three weeks in the transfer market as he looks to bring in the players he wants to make the Red Devils title contenders once more, but he has been frustrated in his attempts to do just that so far.


The Dutchman hasn't officially signed a player since taking over at Old Trafford, and has seen a handful of targets slip through his fingers including Thomas Vermaelen and Mats Hummels. 

Van Gaal has previously admitted he wants to sign defenders having lost Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra, while he has also spoken out about the paucity of quality he has out wide. 

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A move for Di Maria has been suggested but the figures involved may have prompted Manchester United to think twice. Real Madrid are holding out for £50 million for the Argentinian - a figure which caused Paris Saint-Germain to pull out of the deal.


Although Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has insisted that he would have no issue with giving the green light for Van Gaal to break the world transfer record, the Mirror report they are lining up an alternative if the deal can't be done.

The man Van Gaal wants is Turan, who helped Atletico Madrid win La Liga last season and helped them on their way to a place in the Champions League final. The Mirror say that he will cost around £15 million. 

Liverpool battle

That figure will be much more palatable to the powers that be at Old Trafford - however it would put them on collision course with rivals Liverpool.

The Anfield based outfit are close to completing their eighth signing of the summer but Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he isn't done just yet, and a move for Turan could be on the cards.

They've been linked with the 27-year-old for some time, although the Turkish international will miss the start of the season with a thigh injury his club have confirmed. 

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