Van Gaal to strengthen squad with Schalke star

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is ready to make a summer move for Germany World Cup star Benedikt Howedes as he looks to strengthen his back-line. According to reports the Dutchman is interested in signing the £14 million defender, who is also wanted by Arsenal, with the 26-year-old capable of operating at either left-back or centre-back. With two-years remaining on his current contract the Schalke captain’s value is only going to decrease from here on it, and so Van Gaal may well get his man. Meanwhile Memphis Depay could become United’s next big signing at the end of the season, with sources suggesting a £10 million deal is likely to be in the offing. Lastly the futures of two other Old Trafford targets, Mats Hummels and Marco Reus, could be decided by the end to Borussia Dortmund’s campaign. The pair have remained loyal so far, but it’s said they will leave if Jurgen Klopp’s men are relegated.