Manchester United are set to sign Southampton defender Luke Shaw for approximately £30 million as the Red Devils begin their rebuilding process after a poor 2013-14 season.
Starsport understands the deal is all but done and the 18-year-old left back will become Van Gaal's first signing for around £30m.
The new United boss has been handed a £200m warchest at Old Trafford and he isn't hanging around in spending it.
It means the end at United for Patrice Evra.
Shaw's move to Old Trafford has been rumoured for some time. United are looking to shore up an ageing defence that conceded 43 goals in the Premier League this season, per BBC Sport.
Southampton's defence kept an impressive 15 clean sheets over the season, per Sky Sports, and Shaw is seen as the ideal replacement for the 33-year-old Evra.
Similarly attacking, Shaw will provide greater defensive strength at the back, a weakness in the Frenchman's game as he has aged.
The Times' James Ducker says the ideal scenario for United would be if Evra stayed on at Old Trafford and rotated the left-back position with Shaw:
Rotating left back between shaw/Evra though would be perfect. Would allow shaw to bed in (assuming he comes) and gives Evra some rest— James Ducker (@DuckerTheTimes) May 19, 2014
Either way, the move for Shaw so soon after the end of the season represents United's intent to bring in quality reinforcements over the summer.
Van Gaal, who was confirmed as David Moyes' successor on Monday, is clearly eager to make changes sooner rather than later to avoid the debacle of last summer, when United missed out on various key targets.
One of those targets was Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao, whose proposed move to Old Trafford fell through at the 11th hour, per Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail.
However, Real manager Carlo Ancelotti seems to have ruled out any possibility that United may return for the Portuguese defender, per the club's official Twitter account:
But if the Shaw deal indeed is imminent, that should not be too much of a blow, as Alex Buttner also provides cover in the left-back position.
While Shaw would represent a solid initial signing for the Manchester outfit, they are going to have to bring in a handful of other players as they look to improve on a disastrous seventh-place finish in the Premier League this season.
Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand have both confirmed their exit from the club, so increased strength in the middle of the back four is vitally needed.
Furthermore, the central midfield positions have been weak for many years now, and a world-class player in the middle of the park is essential. United must be expected to be big movers in the transfer market as the summer progresses.