Manchester United's nightmare season is almost at an end. Many fans have been looking forward to a summer rejig for quite some time, as David Moyes' ill-fated reign looks to have thrust the fallen Premier League champions into finishing seventh.
With Louis van Gaal expected to be unveiled as the Red Devils' new boss, per Jamie Jackson of the Guardian, a number of talented players are being touted with an Old Trafford switch. Thomas Mueller and William Carvalho are currently outlined for a move, while Nani could benefit from Van Gaal's potential installment.
Here, we detail the latest news on all three.
Latest on Manchester United's Potential Transfer Activity
In: Thomas Mueller, Bayern Munich
Van Gaal's previous association with Mueller—a player he brought into Bayern's first team—has lent itself to fierce suggestions that the player could head to United. While it once seemed inconceivable the Bavarian forward would exit, his limited opportunities under Pep Guardiola could see a change of scenery ensue.
Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has stated that, if Mueller wishes to leave, he must make his feelings known, reported by Bild and via John Drayton of the Daily Mail:
"If a player does not feel comfortable with Bayern Munich, he must come to my office," said Rummenigge. "Then you have to talk about it."
When asked about his future, Mueller told Bild in English, "No comment, no comment. I do not comment on rumours." Perhaps the language switch is a subtle hint at his future residency?
At £37 million, the versatile German would be expected to have an instant impact at United. His versatility, calmness in possession and finishing power would certainly be welcome in a team that lacks all three attributes.
In: William Carvalho, Sporting Lisbon
United desperately need powerful midfield improvements, the kind that can impose physicality without elbowing their way through opponents (Marouane Fellaini, I'm looking at you). William Carvalho fits the bill, but as the summer approaches, Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho has hinted his namesake will remain in Portugal.
Even so, Bruno admitted he can't stand in his player's way if a team decides to meet his £37 million release clause, reported by Ben Burrows of the Mirror:
There is nothing inevitable. I am almost certain, if not absolutely certain, that William will continue at Sporting. You never know when a club might appear and be interested in taking him by paying the release clause. Now, William is very satisfied, he is happy and so are we.
It seems United, Van Gaal, or whoever will be in the position to spend, may need to cough up major funds for Carvalho's arrival to take place. The 22-year-old has proven himself a behemoth in the middle of the Portuguese club's midfield, shielding his defence with dominance both in the air and on the ground. He is a smart purchase, but at the right price, perhaps rather pricey.
A mixed set of reports suggest Nani's future remains unclear. The frustrating winger, whose potential continues to dwindle away at Old Trafford, is said to be on the verge of moving to Juventus, reported by Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.
Conflicting this report, John Cross of the Mirror believes Van Gaal will block a potential exit if he becomes the next United honcho:
The Italians have been told the £10m deal is on hold as incoming United boss Van Gaal regards him as part of his plans. But Van Gaal likes wingers and does not want to lose him before he takes charge after the World Cup.
Although injured for much of the season, Nani's recent performances have failed to impress. He is yet to score or assist in this year's Premier League disaster and highlighted why he is such a liability in the recent match against Everton.
Is it time for Manchester United to sell Nani?
Often sloppy on the ball, out of position and slow to track back, Nani's attacking threat has also diminished. Van Gaal will need to work wonders with the player if he is to remain, as United would be wise to bite Juve's hand off if the reported sum is offered. Nani is supposedly in his prime, but at the age of 27, remains a reliable source of frustration.
Confirmation of United's next manager is sure to speed each potential transfer up. The club desperately needs to sign quality players—a mixture of emerging talents alongside established stars—to put themselves back into contention for the Premier League title.
Both Mueller and Carvalho would be welcomed with open arms, while many fans will gladly push Nani toward an exit. United must initiate a playing staff overhaul, starting with the aforementioned winger, who has become a symbol of stagnation at the club. It's time to recycle those who aren't living up to expectations, adding fresh blood to a development cause that is currently nothing short of arduous.