Manchester United transfer news: January 16th 2015

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Manchester United head to Loftus Road to take on Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League tomorrow with a virtually fully-fit squad, but that's done little to quell speculation linking Louis van Gaal with prospective moves for a large number of different alleged targets during the January transfer window.

Red Devils supporters would've been understandably excited to read in this morning's newspapers that the Dutch coach is set to be handed another £150 million cash windfall to reinvest over the course of 2015.

A meeting with Old Trafford's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward supposedly took place today with the sole purpose of Van Gaal thrashing out the finer details of the players he wanted to sign this month, before the transfer deadline on February 3.

The 63-year-old is still prioritising AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, even though the Serie 'A' giants will demand significantly over the odds in what is traditionally becoming an over-inflated mid-season window.

Alternatively, a move for Real Madrid's Sami Khedira could be back on the cards thanks to the Spanish club's failure to open negotiations with the World Cup winner over a new contract.

The Germany international has entered the final six months of his current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu and could move to Old Trafford on a Bosman free transfer at the end of the season.

One player that won't be on the move this year is in-demand France international Paul Pogba after Juventus manager Massimo Allegri effectively ruled out any chance of the former Red Devils scholar leaving Turin.

The 21-year-old's agent has fuelled speculation regarding his client's future in the past few days with comments made to the media, but any hope Van Gaal might have had of bringing the player back to England have now effectively been quashed.


Going the other way, and a source close to Robin van Persie has revealed the Dutch striker is beginning to believe his future lies away from Manchester United.

The 31-year-old has just 18 months remaining on his existing deal, but after struggling to maintain his best form there have been no suggestions he'll be offered an extension to stay at Old Trafford longer.

And finally, there are also some doubts over the respective futures of Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair and Andreas Pereira, who are being made to wait for a contractual resolution by Van Gaal despite the fact they have less than six months left on their current deals.

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