Manchester United target double transfer swoop

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Manchester United are not interested in signing either Mehdi Benatia or Philippe Mexes this summer, but are looking at moves for Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo. 

The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a move for Benatia, who is said to be on Chelsea's radar. The Blues are believed to have made a £30 million move that new boss Louis van Gaal was looking to hijack, but according to the Daily Mail's northern football correspondent Ian Ladyman that is not the case.


While Manchester United are in need of defenders before the window closes, Ladyman says a deal for Benatia, currently with Serie A outfit Roma, is not on the cards - nor is a swoop for his team-mate, Mexes.

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They do retain an interest in Rojo however - and it has been suggested that Nani could be offered to Sporting Lisbon in a cash-plus-player transfer. It had been initially feared that his complex ownership structure would make it difficult to get a deal done in time, but it now looks like he could become Van Gaal's first major signing. 


Various reports this morning say that the Red Devils are lining up a huge £100 million swoop for Di Maria, and Ladyman believes that there is genuine interest in the Argentinian coming from Old Trafford.

Manchester United stumbled to defeat in their first game under Van Gaal at Old Trafford, going down 2-1 to Swansea City on Saturday. Afterwards the Dutchman admitted that his side's confidence had been 'smashed' after a strong pre-season - and he is now expected to raid the transfer market for significant reinforcements. 


A move for Ajax ace Daley Blind is on the cards alongside Rojo, while he is also after a winger, which is where Di Maria could come in. His top target would appear to be Arturo Vidal, but a deal for the Chilean seems to be unlikely. 

It has so far been a difficult transfer window for Van Gaal, who is reportedly growing frustrated with Manchester United executive vice-chariman Ed Woodward's inability to land his top targets. 

The Red Devils have failed to complete a transfer since the last week of June which leaves Van Gaal with the huge task of overhauling his squad with just two weeks of the window to go.

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