5 Transfer Deadline-Day Possibilities for Manchester United
Manchester United have signed Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria, yet still the fans find themselves fairly frustrated with the club's business in the transfer window.
After the early signings of Shaw and Herrera, United waited until five points had been dropped in the opening two games to add more players to the squad.
With just a few days until the transfer window closes, which players could possibly still find themselves joining United this summer?
Arturo Vidal is probably the player Manchester United fans are most keen on signing this summer. The midfielder seems to be a perfect fit for the midfield and would be a solution to a problem that has troubled the club since the departure of Roy Keane in 2005.
According to Ian Herbert of The Independent, Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa are both surplus to requirements at United and could be used to sweeten the deal with Juventus, who don't want to see their best player leave the club.
The fact that Juve have so far managed to keep Paul Pogba at the club might make them more accepting of Vidal's departure—for a huge sum of money.
Daley Blind was a regular fixture in Van Gaal's Netherlands side in this summer's World Cup, and he has been linked with a move from Ajax to United in the media.
The 24-year-old left-back can also play in midfield, so he would be an asset to United, who are weak in both positions.
Ajax board member and former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was recently spotted at the club's training facility, according to the Express, and speculation suggests he was sounding out a deal.
Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has suggested the club are open to the transfer but only if the price is right.
As reported in The Guardian, he told De Telegraaf:
We believe that we currently have a strong team and want Daley to stay for another year. Only if the absolute top price is paid is a transfer negotiable. Daley’s management know how we feel at the moment. Next year we will have a much more lenient policy, we are willing to talk with Daley and we will settle for a reasonable price. There’s some rumblings around Daley, some clubs inquired, but there is no concrete offer. And with Manchester United, there is no contact at all.
Juan Cuadrado enjoyed a great World Cup for Colombia and has been linked with a number of clubs over the summer.
Cuadrado refused to rule out a move away from the club, as reported in the Daily Mail: "My future does not depend on me, there is still time until the market closes, no? I don't know."
Nigel De Jong
Nigel de Jong turns 30 this year, so he wouldn't be considered a long-term solution to United's midfield problem, but he could certainly do a job for the club over the next season or so whilst they continued the search.
De Jong's contract expires next season, so AC Milan may feel under pressure to sell if he makes it known that he will not be extending his current deal.
De Jong failed to commit himself to the club earlier this summer, insisting he still had to decide what he wanted to do, as reported by Eurosport: "I am 29 years old, it will be an important decision. I will have to choose whether to stay here or go somewhere else."
Alex Song hasn't been a hit in Spain after making the move from Arsenal to Barcelona in 2012. Having failed to impress, the club have apparently made Song available for a free loan move with an £8 million clause to make the deal permanent, according to Matt Law in The Telegraph.
As with De Jong, he's probably not the star player that United fans were hoping for, but he's unquestionably better than most—if not all—their current options in midfield.
Having already broken the British transfer fee this summer, the Glazers will likely be drawn to a deal that will cost them nothing but ensures that a decent player joins the squad.