Manchester United Transfer News: Arda Turan Blow, Kevin Strootman Latest, More

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2014

Atletico's Arda Turan celebrates after scoring his soda's 3rd goal during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Manchester United have returned to England from their hectic tour of the USA, undefeated on their travels and with two additional trophies under their arms.

However, despite the measurable success of recent weeks, Louis van Gaal will be looking to add one or two key signings to his first team before the transfer window slams shut.

Here we take a look at some of the players under the Old Trafford spotlight.


Arda Turan

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Turkish international winger Arda Turan has spoken of his contentment at Atletico Madrid, dashing United's hopes of signing him.

Sky Sports quoted the player and Atletico boss Diego Simeone before Wednesday's friendly with Galatasaray, as Turan said: "I'm with the best club in Spain. I’m part of this system."

Sky Sports also quotes Simeone saying, "Arda is vital for us, due to his technical ability and his work ethic. He has grown a lot. He has natural talent and continues to be someone who makes a difference to the team."

Ben Jefferson of the Express had claimed on Monday that United were prepared to offer £16 million plus Shinji Kagawa for Turan, but this deal now looks unlikely. 

The 27-year-old had a strong season for Atletico last season, when the less glamourous team in Madrid stole the title. Turan made 31 La Liga appearances, per, as his club caused one of Spanish football's great shocks.

United are in need of strengthening, but it is questionable that Turan would be the correct addition. With Louis van Gaal likely to play 5-3-2, it is difficult to envisage where the Turkish player would have fit in. 


Kevin Strootman

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Van Gaal is in a race to add three Dutchmen to his current squad, including Roma's Kevin Strootman.

Marca, via Jack Wilson of the Daily Star, reports that LvG will move for Strootman as well as Daley Blind and Ron Vlaar.

Strootman is still recovering from a serious knee injury, with Blind and Vlaar both performing well for the Netherlands at the World Cup.

Wilson says that LvG wishes to surround himself with players he knows and trusts in his early days at United as he looks to speed along the club's recovery.

Blind would be a useful signing for Van Gaal, given the player's ability to play in defence and midfield. United are short in both departments currently, and his acquisition would certainly strengthen the squad.

Strootman must surely be considered a risk at the moment, especially as he is yet to play competitively since his injury for Roma. However, the January window could prove a different story.


Juan Cuadrado

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United are believed to have negotiated a deal to bring Juan Cuadrado to the football club. Gary Jones of the Daily Star writes that Van Gaal has publicly hinted about the deal for the Fiorentina player, and that United are understood to have offered £29 million for the exciting Colombian.

Jones quotes LvG as saying, while speaking with journalists, "I cannot talk about Cuadrado, because if I say something about him, the price will rise."

The 26-year-old wide utility player had a sensational World Cup for his country, grabbing four assists and one goal in his five matches, per

He has the ability to play on both wings—both as an attacker and as a wing-back. He is very much suited for United's current tactical needs. 

Bleacher Report's FullTimeDevils presenter Adam McKola gave his opinion about the possible signing of Cuadrado:

Cuadrado would give LvG a strong option in the right wing-back role, with current first choice Rafael injured again. He has pace and the ability to go past opponents and is certainly a more refined talent than Antonio Valencia.

The Colombian has an excellent record when it comes to assists, and this will be needed if United continue to play 5-3-2 for the whole season. However, the current form of Ashley Young may see the England international get an extended run in the team—decreasing the desperation to sign a player in Cuadrado's mould.