Manchester United Transfer News: Louis Van Gaal's Latest Targets in Summer Spree

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2014

Manchester United have not messed around in the transfer market as they look to rebuild their side under new manager Louis van Gaal.

Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw have already made the move to Old Trafford, but United still need several more additions if they wish to compete for the Premier League title next season.

In 2013-14, they finished seventh in the English top flight under David Moyes and looked to have weaknesses throughout the squad.

Read on for the latest news on a handful of United's summer targets as Van Gaal attempts to reshape an ailing side.


Arturo Vidal, Juventus

United are in desperate need of added strength in the centre of midfield, and Arturo Vidal of Juventus is reportedly Van Gaal's No.1 target in that position.

According to the Metro, the Red Devils are prepared to offer the 27-year-old Chilean a significant sum to make the switch from Turin:

Manchester United will offer Arturo Vidal a whopping £230,000 a week to move to Old Trafford this summer.

The Chilean midfielder is now Louis van Gaal’s number one transfer target after he secured the signings of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw in the last few days.

The Manchester outfit are reportedly set to offer £30 million for Vidal and feel confident of signing him after he admitted he could be open to a move away from Italy, per Sky Italia via Gary Jones in the Daily Star

Will I stay at Juventus? I do not know. I just think about the World Cup and the national team now. After the World Cup we will see what will be my future.

With Chile now having been knocked out of the World Cup—losing on penalties to Brazil in the last 16—talks are likely to advance as United look to bring Vidal to Old Trafford.

He has been key to Juventus' success since moving from Bayer Leverkusen in 2011, and he claimed 11 goals and five assists in 32 Serie A appearances last season, per

United would benefit hugely from his strength as a ball-winner and distributor, as well as his ability to score goals from midfield.


Nigel de Jong, AC Milan

Dutchman Nigel De Jong is another midfield target supposedly of interest to the new United manager and is likely a far cheaper option than Vidal.

Van Gaal has reportedly been impressed with the 29-year-old during his tenure as Netherlands manager at the World Cup in Brazil, per John Richardson in the Express

After spending £60million on England full-back Luke Shaw and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, Van Gaal knows that 29-year-old De Jong, who left neighbours Manchester City for AC Milan, could be brought in for less than £10m.

A hardy defensive midfielder, De Jong would bring steel to United's midfield, and he has proved his worth as part of an excellent Dutch side in Brazil, per the BBC's Kevin Kilbane:

Having played under Van Gaal with his national side he would already be familiar with the manager's style and bring prior knowledge of United's top striker Robin van Persie.


Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal

According to Vaishali Bhardwaj of the Metro, United are closing in on the signing of Thomas Vermaelen from Arsenal to fill the void left by departed duo Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand:

Manchester United are ‘close’ to sealing an £11m move for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen—with the Red Devils having reportedly agreed personal terms with the 28-year-old.

The Red Devils need experience in central defence, something the Arsenal player would bring in spades, as well as strengthening a centre-back unit currently made up of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans.

United may have a tough time convincing Arsenal to sell their captain to a rival Premier League club, but Vermaelen may be keen to push the deal through as he has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates due to the presence of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. 

His knowledge of the Premier League after five years at Arsenal makes him a strong option as part of United's defensive rebuild, which will be essential if they are to be successful in the 2014-15 season. 


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