Manchester United Transfer News: Major Last-Minute Bids Eyed by Louis Van Gaal

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 30, 2014

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 29:  Daley Blind of the Netherlands controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao on June 29, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Having yet to win a competitive game as Manchester United manager, it wouldn't be a major surprise to see Louis van Gaal figure among the busiest managers on transfer deadline day.

Monday brings the Dutchman's last opportunity to recruit new faces ahead of what's gearing up to be a tiring maiden campaign in England, and the names linked to Old Trafford are myriad.

United can't be ruled out of conducting any number of last-gasp deals as the summer market draws to a close, with most recent speculation focused on the club's defence and midfield assets.

 

Timothy Fosu Mensah

Following the £59.7 million arrival of Angel Di Maria, it could be a significantly smaller move that's next for Manchester United.

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James Dickenson of the Express reported that Ajax youngster Timothy Fosu Mensah is undergoing a medical at the club before completing a £300,000 transfer.

Fitting in with Van Gaal's preference of versatile characters, Mensah can play as a left-back or in the middle of defence, as well as in a deeper midfield role should it be asked of him.

Should the move go through as planned, it's highly unlikely Fosu Mensah will have a great impact on the first team this season, but Van Gaal's open approach to fielding youth holds great promise.

 

Daley Blind

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 03:  Daley Blind of Ajax looks on after the 19th Johan Cruijff Shield match between Ajax Amsterdam and PEC Zwolle at the Amsterdam ArenA on August 3, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Imag
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Another well-rounded Ajax utility player on his way to Old Trafford is Daley Blind, after the official Manchester United Twitter account confirmed that a deal was in place for the Dutch international's transfer:

Former Manchester United goalkeeper and current Ajax backroom staff member Edwin van der Sar recently told reporters: "At the moment Daley is our player. We are really happy with him…He came as a young boy, at 8, and that’s the philosophy of Ajax."

Di Maria and Ander Herrera have already been brought into Van Gaal's list of midfield options this summer, but Daniel Storey of Sky Football supposes that Blind would make for an excellent third addition:

Again, one of Blind's most enamouring qualities is his versatility, lining up primarily as a left-back at the 2014 World Cup but is also capable in the centre of defence and in midfield.

With a move now underway, United look certain to complete at least one more big signing in the coming days, the question being as to whether any more will follow.

 

Juan Cuadrado

Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle has left no uncertain terms over the future of Juan Cuadrado, Tancredi Palmeri of beIN Sport quoting him in issuing a warning to the Colombian's suitors:

James Anderson of the Express confirmed that United could forget about signing the explosive winger, whose performances at this summer's World Cup put him in the transfer spotlight.

After the signing of Di Maria, it's not as heavy a blow for the Red Devils to suffer but fans at Old Trafford may arguably still have welcomed the arrival of yet more talent out wide.

That being said, La Viola have been stubborn in their efforts to retain the speedster's services all summer, and they would appear to have won that battle as the deadline clock ticks down.