Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Louis Van Gaal's Summer Spree

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2014

Netherlands' Arjen Robben, left and Stefan de Vrij applaud their supporters after their 3-0 victory over Brazil during the World Cup third-place soccer match between Brazil and the Netherlands at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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Ninety minutes can last a lifetime in football, and the notion is as true in the transfer market as it is when concerned with matters on the pitch.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is now free to divert his attention to all matters Manchester United after securing a third-place finish at the 2014 World Cup, and the speculation is swirling more fervently than ever.

All the latest news and gossip surrounding the Red Devils' summer spending can be found up ahead.


Arjen Robben

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 08:  Head coach, Louis van Gaal speaks to the media during the Netherlands Press Conference at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil held at the Arena de Sao Paulo on July 8, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Gett
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Van Gaal may well look to plunder former club Bayern Munich in his recruitment, but one player he's assured not to be landing is Arjen Robben who has ruled out the possibility of an Old Trafford switch.

Robben was an attacking talisman for his manager in Brazil, but in the wake of the Oranje's third-place playoff win over Brazil, Sky Sports quoted the winger in dismissing an Allianz Arena exit:

"I have a special bond with him. He is the most important coach in my career. (Moving to United) is not an option, though. I will stay at Bayern Munich."

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 12:  Arjen Robben of the Netherlands acknowledges the fans after defeating Brazil 3-0in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Third Place Playoff match between Brazil and the Netherlands at Estadio Nacional on July 12, 2014 in Brasilia, B
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And with that, the forward's position in Bavaria would appear to be secure, with Robben—not for the first time—assuring Pep Guardiola of his place with the Bundesliga champions.


Arturo Vidal

It wasn't long ago that the idea of signing Arturo Vidal seemed impossible to some Manchester United fans, but the Red Devils are homing in on the Chile international, according to David Kent of the Daily Mail:

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 22:  Arturo Vidal listens to a question during the Chile Press Conference at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil held at the Arena de Sao Paulo on June 22, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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In response to the speculation linking Vidal with United, Kent quotes the midfield anchor in telling Chilean newspaper La Tercera:

I've heard about the rumours, but I haven't spoken more about this subject. I'm enjoying my holidays, and when I return to Italy I'll see what happens. I'm very calm, but anyone would love to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

One major factor in the story could yet be the future of Paul Pogba, though, as ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney suggests both he and Vidal would not be allowed to leave Turin in the same window:

Vidal's acquisition would go a long way in resolving some long-standing issues United have had in their engine room, with Van Gaal quickly going about his business in order to once again make this club title contenders.


Angel di Maria

Paris Saint-Germain reportedly have an edge over Manchester United in the hunt to sign Angel di Maria this summer, with sources suggesting the winger is closing in on a move to the Ligue 1 giants.

VESPASIANO, BRAZIL - JULY 02:  Angel di Maria of Argentina warms up during a training session on July 2, 2014 in Vespasiano, Brazil.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Spanish newspaper AS (h/t 101GreatGoals) says that Real president Florentino Perez has met with his PSG counterpart Nasser Al-Khelaifi regarding the transfer and a €60 million move could soon take place.

Di Maria enjoyed his best season at the Bernabeu to date in 2013-14 and has been in good form at the World Cup, but's Paul Clennam quoted the forward as still being unsure of what lies ahead:

I've asked my agent not to tell me anything about the talks he's having. I don't know what's going to happen with my career. I don't want to know anything about my future right now. I'm focusing on my national team and not on what's going on elsewhere.

United not being able to offer Champions League football is also known to be a major obstacle in their attempt to lure Di Maria's services, and the English giants may now be forced to shift their attention elsewhere.