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Strootman, Hummels & Van Gaal's Manchester United summer transfer list logo 17-05-2014


By Greg Stobart

When Louis van Gaal is finally appointed as the new Manchester United manager, he will hope that the club show more urgency in the transfer market than they have in confirming the Dutchman as David Moyes’ successor.

The Netherlands coach agreed nearly three weeks ago to take over at Old Trafford after the World Cup, but United are yet to confirm the deal after delays largely down to negotiations concerning the make-up of Van Gaal’s backroom team.

For example, United had already put in plenty of groundwork in their proposed move for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw. An official bid believed to be worth £27 million was lodged for the player after the final league game of the season at St Mary’s while Shaw’s representatives have agreed a salary package worth around £100,000-a-week.

Likewise, United hope that Van Gaal’s imminent arrival will help with their attempts to lure playmaker Toni Kroos away from German champions Bayern Munich. The 24-year-old could earn €245,000-a-week at United but Bayern are so far insistent that he will not be sold, despite having just a year left on his contract.

Van Gaal, meanwhile, has also made his own suggestions for how the squad has been improved. Kevin Strootman, the Roma midfielder, is one of Van Gaal’s favourite players and he has been urging United to move for his compatriot despite the knee injury that has ruled the 24-year-old out of the World Cup.

Strootman has the drive and box-to-box qualities that United expected from Fellaini and is seen by Van Gaal, with whom he has an excellent relationship, as the perfect complement for the club’s more creative players. Van Gaal also strongly pushed the case for Strootman in talks with Tottenham before the United job became available.

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With Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic both leaving United this summer, a top class central defender has also become a major priority. Van Gaal wants Mat Hummels, the Borussia Dortmund centre-back, to come in as the leader of his defence and the 25-year-old is understood to be keen to move to Old Trafford.

Van Gaal also believes Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani would be a perfect fit for the Premier League and United are confident they can sign the Uruguayan this summer, despite the fact he only moved to the French capital last year in a £55m deal.

Elsewhere, the likes of William Carvalho, Thomas Muller and Marco Reus have all been mentioned as potential targets as United prepare for an unprecedented summer of spending.

Not only are Manchester United getting a new manager, but they are virtually getting a new team.

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