Louis van Gaal to discover Manchester United summer transfer budget

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is hoping to find out how much he will have to spend in the upcoming transfer window when chief Ed Woodward unveils the club's latest set of accounts today.

The Red Devils have already made their first signing of the transfer window in PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay for a reported fee of £22 million, and the spending is expected to continue when the summer window opens.

Woodward will make an announcement over how Manchester United performed in the last quarter later today and will face questions over the club's plans for the upcoming transfer window.

Van Gaal has been able to steer his team into fourth place with two games of the Premier League season remaining and guaranteed qualification for the Champions League, which means it's likely that Van Gaal will embark on another spending spree having splashed in excess of £150 million last time round.

Despite the fact that Manchester United will likely have to face a qualifier to make it into the Champions League proper, Van Gaal is set to be handed in excess of £100 million according to the Telegraph. 

The Dutch coach has been linked with a host of top players from across Europe in recent weeks, including Borussia Dortmund duo Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan. 

Hummels is believed to be Van Gaal's top defensive target in the summer and may be more likely to move after Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp announced his decision to step down at the end of the season. Gundogan meanwhile has confirmed that he won't be signing a new contract with the German club when his current deal expires in 2016, and is likely to move at the end of the campaign. Arsenal have also been linked.


"Our talks came to the conclusion that he won't extend his contract and will leave in the summer," Dortmund's Sporting Director Michael Zorc said this week.

"But that depends on what offers land on my table and until now we have received no offers for Gundogan."

Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne has been suggested as Manchester United's top target at right-back, while Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale and Edinson Cavani are also said to be on Van Gaal's hitlist.

Woodward is expected to announce profits for the first three months of 2015 despite the loss of Champions League revenue thanks to the announcement of a £750 million sponsorship deal with Adidas.


Van Gaal has to find the balance this summer - he must spend big but throwing money at a problem rarely works in the long-term. For example he needs a right-back, a new striker, a centre-back and probably a midfielder - whichever striker comes in will likely slot in behind Wayne Rooney so it may be better off getting a younger star who is willing to bide his time on the bench rather than another big-money singing like Falcao.

Indeed, it may be a blessing in disguise that he is unlikely to be able to complete huge deals for either Pogba or Bale. That way he can focus on getting the balance of his team right instead of shoe-horning in big stars.

How many players will Van Gaal sign this summer - and how much will he spend?

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