Manchester United target four man, £150m transfer hitlist

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Manchester United will target four new signings in a £150 million transfer spree this summer according to the Mirror.

The Red Devils have already landed Memphis Depay in a £22 million deal from PSV Eindhoven, and that is only the start of what will be a major rebuilding operation after boss Louis van Gaal guided the club to Champions League qualification last season.

According to the Mirror, Van Gaal believes that he needs a new core group of top-level players who can hit the ground running to take Manchester United back to the top of the Premier League and challenge in Europe - starting at the back.

David de Gea is almost certain to leave in order to join Real Madrid this summer and the Dutch boss is eyeing a replacement, while defender Sergio Ramos, who would fill a problem position at the back, could also be included in the deal.

Manchester United have a list of De Gea replacement targets, at the top of which is Tottenham's Hugo Lloris - however the Frenchman will likely be too difficult to lure away from White Hart Lane. Van Gaal is instead looking at his secondary target, Ajax 'keeper Jasper Cillessen.

Ajax value the Dutch number one at £35 million while Manchester United are only willing to pay £20 million for the 26-year-old shotstopper.

A deal for Ramos is looking increasingly likely, although there have been mixed messages so far whether it would be a straight-swap for De Gea or if cash will be involved. The 29-year-old has two years to run on his contract and is reportedly unhappy that he hasn't been offered new terms so is seeking a way out of the Bernabeu - with Manchester United his preferred destination.

Further up the pitch and Bastian Schweinsteiger is the next top target to fill the hole in midfield. The Bayern Munich ace, 30, is out of contract next year and despite his age Van Gaal believes his experience at the very top level could prove invaluable next season.


Schweinsteiger is likely to fetch a fee in the region £7.5 million and compete with Michael Carrick as the Red Devils' deep-lying playmaker.

With Radamel Falcao already back at Monaco after his disastrous loan spell at Old Trafford came to an end Van Gaal is in the market for a new forward - which could prompt the departure of Robin van Persie, who is out of contract next year.

According to the Mirror, Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema and Harry Kane of Tottenham are at the top of his transfer list. Kane, who will cost around £50 million, has previously pledged his future to Spurs and it's been reported that the north London club will offer him new terms to keep him from the Red Devils' clutches.

To make way for the new arrivals, Phil Jones could be shown the door along with Van Persie.


The attempt to sign major big-name stars is a major departure from Manchester United's long-term transfer policy, but that is the name of the game as Van Gaal tries to get them back to the top in a short amount of time. 

Each deal stands up on their own too; Schweinsteiger is a bargain, Ramos made the FIFPro World Team of the Year back in January and fills a major need at the back, while moves for either Kane or Benzema makes sense in their own right.

The fact that the older signings are complimented by moves for younger players likes Depay means Van Gaal isn't just swinging for the fence either - he's planning for long-term and short-term success. It must be a good time to be a Manchester United fan.

Which four players would you sign if you were Manchester United boss?

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