Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal may already have spent lavishly to give his team the best possible of chance of returning to the summit of the Premier League, but it would appear he is far from done in the transfer market.
The Daily Express today claims that the Dutchman is ready to pay big to land both Kevin Strootman and Germany World Cup winner Christoph Kramer in January, as he seeks to add the finishing touches to his new look squad.
Additions so far
Around £150 million was spent by the club over the course of the summer, with high-profile names such as Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind and Ander Herrera signing up to the Old Trafford cause. However the Red Devils have yet to win a Premier League fixture this term, and Van Gaal knows that there’s plenty of room for improvement.
The 63-year-old has already bid farewell to Danny Welbeck, who joined Arsenal, Javier Hernandez, who moved to Real Madrid on loan and Tom Cleverley, who completed a loan switch to Aston Villa the day after the transfer deadline, as he looks to revitalise his squad.
Strootman and Kramer
Van Gaal clearly believes that Strootman, who missed out on his Netherlands World Cup squad through injury, and Kramer, whose contract is up next summer, will help in his quest to enjoy a respectable first campaign in the United hot-seat, and so is ready to take his spending to over £200 million.
It’s thought Strootman will cost the Red Devils around £40 million, as AS Roma see him as their most indispensable player, whilst Kramer would be available a cut-price as Bayer Leverkusen aim to cash in on him before he’s able to leave for free, though he will still cost over £10 million.