Manchester United Transfer News: Major Targets Shortlisted by Louis Van Gaal

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2014

CUIABA, BRAZIL - JUNE 24:  Juan Guillermo Cuadrado of Colombia celebrates scoring his team's first goal after a penalty kick during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Colombia at Arena Pantanal on June 24, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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Having already conducted some transfer business with the signings of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera earlier this summer, Louis van Gaal has satisfied a portion of the Manchester United legions with his initiative.

However, the club are less of a slick machine and more of a grinding juggernaut in their transfer business at present, with several major deals beginning to resemble last summer's miserable so-close-but-so-far facade.

The Red Devils remain linked with some of Europe's finest at present, but with only three weeks of the window remaining, Van Gaal faces a race to tie up those speculated moves.


Juan Cuadrado

CUIABA, BRAZIL - JUNE 24:  Juan Guillermo Cuadrado of Colombia celebrates scoring his team's first goal after a penalty kick during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Colombia at Arena Pantanal on June 24, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazi
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Fiorentina have admitted that they may be forced to give Juan Cuadrado a summer send-off, although president Andrea Della Valle remain hopeful of holding on to his winger.

La Viola's executive has always held a stubborn approach regarding Cuadrado, but he is quoted by FourFourTwo in stating that the temptation of a move away may have caught the Colombian's eye:

Should it happen that an important offer arrives, we would have to allow Cuadrado to leave. So with that I am not so optimistic about a positive final situation as I think an offer will arrive in the next few days, but he will only leave for certain amounts. But you need to understand if an important offer does arrive, it is like a loose train and I can't hang on.

I told the player and underlined things that there is a serious project here and he could remain for one more season, in a winning side. He is honest and serious with us, and I told him if an offer should arrive we would free him. But the deadline is about a week to ten days away - around August 15 and if there is no adequate period in this period, he will remain.

The most essential portion of Della Valle's comments lies with the fee being right, the Serie A giants not willing to sell unless their valuation is met.

United are mentioned alongside Barcelona as the interested parties, but The Times' Rory Smith isn't altogether convinced by the World Cup sensation:

Cuadrado will understandably be tempted by the thought of moving to one of the continental giants, but Della Valle won't be letting his forward leave cheaply, nevertheless.


Thomas Vermaelen

In what's becoming one of the longest sagas to take place this summer, Thomas Vermaelen's seemingly inevitable departure from Arsenal still remains in some shade of doubt.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Thomas Vermaelen of Arsenal battles with Carlton Cole of West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn
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That doubt alluding to whether it will be the Camp Nou or Old Trafford that the Belgian ends up, with Sky Sports claiming the Red Devils are favourites, while Simon Jones and Mat Barlow of the Daily Mail insist Barcelona have agreed a £15 million deal.

Sam Wallace of The Indeoendent quotes Arsene Wenger in once again hinting that his defender is poised for the Emirates Stadium exit:

Look, it could happen. I've said since the start of pre-season that Thomas could leave us because he needs to play now. He had an outstanding attitude and behaviour but he's in a position where it's difficult to stand in his way if he finds an interesting opportunity.

Ed Aarons of The Guardian assures Gunners fans that they're coming out smelling like roses with the departure, though, after lining out the circumstances in which Arsenal have managed to make a profit from the centre-back:

Reports continue to fluctuate on Vermaelen's north London future, but the one certainty in the whole case seems to be that an exit is at least going to come about.


Arturo Vidal

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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And speaking of summer sagas, The Independent's Jack de Menezes claims that Manchester United have opened talks with Juventus over the £45 million transfer of Arturo Vidal.

De Menezes states that wages of £182,000-a-week have been agreed, but Juve director general Giuseppe Marotta insisted earlier this week, per Sky Sports, that the only way the Chilean will be allowed to leave is if he asks to do so:

(Arturo) Vidal? We already said that he is not on the market, but the player's will is decisive. Vidal has never said he wants to leave, and Juventus will sell him only if he were unhappy to remain. Nowadays, however, there’s absolutely no reason to even be discussing this now.

David Lynch of the Manchester Evening News seems to be of the understanding that such a move won't come about, however:

Vidal's case has been one of mass discussion for some months now, and he has been a target of the Red Devils for well over a year.

However, one has to question if the player is worth plumping for after such lengthy negotiations, and whether or not his desire to play under Old Trafford's lights is really that strong.