Manchester United roundup: Benedikt Howedes becomes surprise Van Gaal target

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With Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal set to embark on yet another summer of big spending, according to most sources, it’s only logical to expect a degree of transfer rumours between now and the end of the season.

After all, the Red Devils were surprisingly quiet during the winter window and there’s more than one area of the team that still needs radical improvement if they’re to be a title-challenging outfit once more in the foreseeable future.

Without further ado let’s crack on with the biggest gossip from this morning, starting with a timely transfer bomb sure to have United fans salivating with excitement.

Howedes chase

Mats Hummels may be the talk of the town whenever Van Gaal’s defensive worries are put under the spotlight, but the most recent rumours infer that the Dutchman is ready to battle Arsenal for the services of Benedikt Howedes in the summer.

The £14 million Schalke captain has two years left to run on his current deal in Germany but impressed at last summer’s World Cup, and he’s seen as an experienced figure who could make a world of difference.

Given the large transfer kitty Van Gaal’s set to be handed £14 million shouldn’t be too much of a problem, and with Howedes able to play at left=back as well as in the central areas his versatility is another boost.

Depay confidence

Elsewhere it would appear that Netherlands star Memphis Depay is on his way to Old Trafford at the end of the season, with sources professing that United are confident of wrapping up a £10 million deal. The youngster, who has been dubbed the next Cristiano Ronaldo, has worked under Van Gaal before, and he’s considered a player of exciting potential.

Reus and Hummels future

Lastly it’s relatively good news on the transfer fronts concerning Mats Hummels and Marco Reus, with the futures of both men supposedly tied to the fortunes of Dortmund. With Jurgen Klopp’s men sitting at the foot of the Bundesliga table it’s said that the duo will be looking to leave the Signal Iduna Park. That may change if Dortmund can find their form in the second half of the campaign.

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