After taking a more conservative approach in the transfer market for years, Louis van Gaal, along with a massive kit sponsorship deal with Adidas, has turned Manchester United back into a major player the transfer game. As the calendar turns to May and the season comes to an end, transfer rumors begin heating up and gaining credibility. Let’s take a look at a few players who may or may not be playing at Old Trafford next season.
The Mirror reports that Manchester United is set to make a £100 million bid for Gareth Bale this summer.
It’s the rumor that just won’t go away. As I always say, where there’s smoke there’s fire, and the longer a particular rumor stays in the news the more likely something substantial is starting to happen there.
When United signed their record-breaking deal with Adidas last year, the club said with the new funds United’s goal was to bring in a “a Luis Suarez a year” (in reference to Suarez’s £75 million move to Barcelona last summer). United certainly have the money to afford Bale, who has endured a tumultuous season at Real Madrid this year.
I don’t like to get ahead of myself in regards to transfer rumors, but this time I’m actually pretty confident Bale will be wearing red at Old Trafford next season.
The Daily Mail lists Manchester United as favorites to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan
Ikay Gundogan has announced he will not be signing a new contract at Borussia Dortmund when his new one ends in 2016 and Dortmund are now ready to listen to offers to sell him this summer. United, Real Madrid, and Arsenal are all interested in obtaining the German international, with United believed to be the front runners. The Red Devils and Gundogan have been linked for quite some time, and United appear ready to make a £30 million bid for Gundogan.
Gundogan would be a tremendous addition to Louis van Gaal’s central midfield, which right now seems to lack depth beyond Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera. Gundogan is a tremendous box-to-box midfielder who can get up the field the way Herrera can, but also protect the back four and pick out passes like Carrick.
Gundogan’s game would be a tremendous help for United, who have struggled on narrow pitches this year when they can’t use their width. The big concern with Gundogan however is his injury history; he’s only 24 years old but has already battled major knee and back problems in his young career.
Manchester United have informed Southampton of their interest in Nathaniel Clyne per ESPNFC
If there’s one thing United have needed all season it’s defender, and plenty of them. Sure Clyne is only a right back and doesn’t solve the fact that after Chris Smalling the club’s next two central defenders are Phil Jones and Jonny Freaking Evans but it would be nice to bring in a real right back instead of relying on Antonio Valencia who only has one foot. I’m also a big believer in Paddy McNair eventually stepping up and earning a first choice place in United’s back four. Earlier this year van Gaal said McNair could be United’s first choice right back for the next 10 years, and then proceeded to drop McNair for the next few weeks so who knows what’s happening there.
United have been interested in Clyne, who has yet to sign a contract extension with the Saints, for several months now. Clyne has had a fantastic season and he seems to be just another star that’s been developed by Southampton in the past two years. There is some buyer beware with anyone coming from Southampton after many of the stars that left the Saints last summer have struggled to make an impact with their new clubs this season.
The Daily Mirror believes Manchester United will move for Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris should they lose David de Gea to Real Madrid
Lloris was considered one of the two best goalkeepers in the world when he signed with Tottenham a few years ago, but at this point I believe de Gea has eclipsed him. Manchester United agree as their priority is set on keeping David de Gea at Old Trafford, though it is a little concerning that he still hasn’t signed a contract extension, in a saga that’s been going on all season. There is also the little issue that Real Madrid could be getting handed a transfer ban, which could make them unable to even pry de Gea away from Old Trafford.
Lloris has recently stated that he wants to play in the Champions League next year, something he can’t do at Spurs. There’s a very good chance this is Lloris’ final year at White Hart Lane, but I wouldn’t expect him to be at Old Trafford next year.
Paris Saint German are determined to complete a £45 million deal to sign Angel Di Maria from Manchester United; The Daily Mirror
With all these different players rumored to be coming to Old Trafford certainly some players have to leave to make room for them. If Manchester United can recoup most of the money they spent on Angel Di Maria AND replace him with Gareth Bale that’s a move they’d make in a heartbeat.
Di Maria has been a major disappointment this season as he’s failed to adapt to many different aspects of the English game. He’s recently fallen down in the pecking order due to ineffective performances and the tremendous play of Juan Mata. PSG can offer the player a fresh start, something Di Maria and United would jump at.
That’s all for now. There are several other rumors, including Mats Hummels and Memphis Depay, floating out there, and I’ll get to them in a few weeks as we get closer to the season’s end.