Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that he has already been planning for the summer transfer window as he’s wary of being left with little or no time to complete deals.
Due to United’s pre-season regime the Dutchman is acutely aware that he won’t have the pleasure of simply cherry-picking his targets as he stumbles upon them this summer, and so plans were put together as early as January.
In the last transfer window the Red Devils were strangely quiet, opting only to take free-agent Victor Valdes onboard despite being tipped to tussle for some of Europe’s top names. That was in stark contrast to their form last summer when the likes of Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw arrived.
In any case it looks as though the end of this season will bring about another period of transition for United, particularly seeing as Van Gaal is likely to have a financial war-chest at his disposal. Reports only this morning claim the 63-year-old is prepared to allow 11 players to leave Old Trafford, implying that he’ll be drafting in others to fill the inevitable voids.
Planning for the future
"Already in January [we began thinking about the 2015-16 season] because we have to prepare our preseason and Manchester United will go to America," Van Gaal said, according to ESPN.
"The aim is of course that we have to train and not only to play matches. Already for three or four months we are talking about our preseason.
"We also think about the scouting of players, the scouting of our own players because we have a lot on loan and then we have to analyse their performances, so it's a lot of work.
"It's not only the present season but also what we have to decide for players next season."
Chief amongst United’s transfer needs will surely be the acquisition of a new central defender, one who can marshal the back-line in a similar manner to John Terry and Vincent Kompany.
Since the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic the Red Devils back-line has lacked a distinguished character, and with Champions League football firmly on the horizon it’s an issue Van Gaal will have to tackle if he hopes to mix it with the best.
In that respect there would be none better than Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, who is sure to be thrown into the spotlight once more now that it has been confirmed Jurgen Klopp is to leave the Signal Iduna Park at the end of this campaign.
The German international has not only won the World Cup but has consistently plied his trade at the highest level, making him a useful potential mentor to the likes of Phil Jones and Jonny Evans.
Indeed it does seem as though United are but a few signings away from boasting a truly world-class squad. Their attacking line-up is as creative as they come and if they can ensure that defensive targets are successfully bargained for they will certainly be a force to be reckoned with next year.
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