Manchester United Transfer News: Time Is Starting to Run out on Red Devils

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Manchester United Transfer News: Time Is Starting to Run out on Red Devils
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Manchester United are reportedly still looking at several transfer targets to strengthen the squad before the end of the 2014 summer transfer window, but the club needs to pick up the pace and make sure they hit on every available player.

As reported by the Telegraph, Rob Jansen, the representative of Ajax's Daley Blind, told talkSPORT he is yet to receive an official offer from the Red Devils, despite his client being linked with a move to Old Trafford for well over a month now:

"At this moment Manchester United have not been in touch with me or Ajax about Daley and I'm not sitting here waiting for the call," he said.

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Meanwhile, the Independent's Ian Herbert has learned United are ready to make a £34 million offer for Juventus' Arturo Vidal, despite question marks surrounding the midfielder's health.

Both players have one thing in common: They've been rumoured to be on their way to Old Trafford for weeks now, and the news the club hasn't even approached Ajax or Blind yet is more than just alarming.

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Louis van Gaal and his squad were just embarrassed by League One side MK Dons, losing 4-0 in the Capital One Cup. The team was largely made up of talent from the youth setup and veteran players unlikely to feature much in the coming season, but that didn't make the team's performance any less dreadful.

On the same day, the club made their second marquee signing with Van Gaal at the helm (the wheels on moves for Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera were set into motion by David Moyes) by signing Angel Di Maria to a record deal, as shared by United's Twitter feed:

The signing of Di Maria is a step in the right direction, and he will bring some enthusiasm back to a fanbase is dire need of something to cheer about. But more is needed for this team to be competitive.

At the time of writing, there are mere days left in the transfer window. The Red Devils have yet to move for Blind, and after just paying £59.7 million for Di Maria, the chances of Juventus accepting £34 million for Vidal are not good, to say the least.

The Daily Mirror's Alex Richards agrees that someone like Nigel de Jong would be a more realistic target at this point in time:

And that's where the issue lies. It's time to accept the simple fact that the current group of players isn't good enough to compete for the Premier League title and barely good enough to finish in the top four.

Dreams of world-class talent like Vidal and Mats Hummels are less likely to become a reality with every passing minute. The Red Devils have arrived at the point in the transfer window where they have to readjust their targets and make sure they bring in players in areas they desperately need.

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Someone like AC Milan's De Jong is a realistic target, a player far more likely to join United than Vidal. While not the flashy signing fans desire, he would add some much-needed muscle to a midfield group that was overrun by Sunderland last weekend.

Blind wants to move to Old Trafford. The defender and his agent won't stop talking about United's reported interest. If Van Gaal and Ed Woodward are keen on his services, they need to pick up the phone and make the call.

The summer transfer window is almost over, and as of right now, the Red Devils aren't built for success. If they don't start actively working on fixing those issues, Van Gaal and company could find themselves in a lot of trouble before they even know it.

 

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