Manchester United transfers: Who's heading in and out of Old Trafford?

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With the fixtures confirmed for the 2015/16 Premier League season, Louis van Gaal's attention will now turn to his squad and his first starting XI that will face a tough start at home to North London outfit, Tottenham Hotspur. The Dutch boss will be looking to make signings to help the Red Devils challenge for the title once again.

Perhaps the most talked about transfer rumour of the summer so far is David de Gea's potential move to the Santiago Bernabeu to join up with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale at Real Madrid.

Victor Valdes could be seen as a ready-made replacement for the young Spaniard, particularly with his pedigree in terms of silverware in a consistent Barcelona team. However, other goalkeepers have been rumoured to grace Old Trafford.

Petr Cech has had his number one place taken away from him at Chelsea after being replaced by Tibault Courtois and is looking for a starting place elsewhere. Cech still wants to play Champions League football and would preferably like to stay in London. Unfortunately for United, all indicators point towards Arsenal as Cech's next destination.

The Dutch connection may bring Ajax goalkeeper, Jasper Cillessen to the club despite the interest in Lloris as reported by The Express. Cillessen was van Gaal's number one during the 2014 World Cup for his Dutch side.

Perhaps a more realistic target for Manchester United is 28-year-old, Hugo Lloris. According to The Independent, the French international number one goalkeeper has already stated his desire to play Champions League football, something Manchester United could facilitate, should they make it through their qualifying tie. £25 million could secure the deal for Manchester United should Spurs have a replacement in place at White Hart Lane.


Nathaniel Clyne has played an integral part in the success of Southampton's season in the right-back position and has been the subject of transfer speculations that looks to run on into the summer. However, if United are to acquire the services of the young Englishman, they will have to fight off competition from rivals, Liverpool. On the other hand, United possess the opportunity to play Champion League football next season which may sway Clyne towards a move to old Trafford

Another player that has received during high praise the season is Argentinian Centre-half, Nicolas Otamendi. According to The Express, the 27-year-old Valencia player has reportedly caught the eye of the Manchester United boss and could cost a fee of around £25 million, however, Valencia are looking for around £35 million.

Mats Hummels has also been rumoured to make a move to Manchester United after Borussia Dortmund's disappointing finish in the Bundesliga, consequently leaving them absent from Champions League competition next season. The current Dortmund captain may fill the void in the heart of United's defence in terms of a character that will lead and organise the back line.


Tom Cleverley has already moved on from Old Trafford with a move to Everton on a free transfer. However, 34-year-old Michael Carrick is coming towards the end of his career and it is no secret that United have struggled when the Englishman has been absent from his holding midfield role, dictating the tempo of the game more often than not. 

One player that could fit the role is Southampton man, Morgan Schneiderlin. The Frenchman has had two solid seasons in the middle of the park for the south coast club and could be seen as a long term replacement for the veteran Englishman.

Borrusia Dortmund playmaker Ilkay Gundogan has also been speculated upon to make a move to the Premier League club. The German already possesses Champions League experience, however, it could be seen as a risk for Louis van Gaal with the midfielder's poor injury record counting against him.

On the wing, reports from The Express suggest Benfica man, Nicolas Gaitan, is a summer target for Van Gaal for a fee of £22 million.

Perhaps the most exciting midfield prospect for Manchester United fans is the potential return of Frenchman, Paul Pogba from Juventus. Pogba's departure from the club in 2012 ended in a sour note because of friction between himself and then United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, surrounding his place in the United first team. However, with the introduction of Louis van Gaal in a new era for Manchester United, perhaps the 22-year-old could be on his way back to the north-west of England. 

It appears that there will be a lot of competition for the player as the likes of Real Madrid, PSG and 'noisy neighbours', Manchester City have also been said to show their interest in the midfield maverick.


Alongside the centre-back position, a goalscorer is perhaps top of the shopping list for many Manchester United fans. According to The Mirror, United are planning to move in for Tottenham and England international striker, Harry Kane, for an offer of around £40 million, however, reports suggest that they may have to stump up an extra £10 million on top if they are to meet Tottenham's asking price.

Another strike in the running for a move to Old Trafford is Napoli frontman, Gonzalo Higuain. However, Manchester United have been warned that they will have to pay around £70 million if they are to lure the Argentinian away from Naples according to The Mirror.

Rumours surrounding Gareth Bale's well-being in Madrid have also increased speculation of his future at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Welshman has been the recipient of jeers from the Real Madrid fans at times last season and may look for a move back to the Premier League.

Who could be on their way out?

The transfer rumour grabbing most of the headlines that promises to continue throughout the summer is the potential departure of young Spaniard, David de Gea back to his home city. The bookmakers have Real Madrid as strong favourites to secure the signature of the 24-year-old goalkeeper. United may look to use De Gea as a tool to acquire the services of Gareth Bale or perhaps French centre-half Raphael Varane in part of a swap and cash deal.

Robin van Persie has also been speculated to leave Old Trafford for a move to Turkey. With a year left on his contract at United, Galatasaray reportedly lined up a bid for him, however, The Express reports that Van Gaal is reluctant to let Van Persie go without securing another striker and the eventual asking price of the Dutchman could price the Turkish side out of a move.

After a good start to life at Manchester United, Angel Di Maria struggled to maintain his good form throughout the season. The Argentinian winger had his home burgled earlier on during the season and it seemed to have affected him on and off the pitch and reports suggest he may look for a move away from Manchester.

The volume of reports surrounding the transfer activity of Manchester United suggests that Louis van Gaal will be keeping himself busy during the summer and there shall be significant movement in and out of Old Trafford.

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