United keen to buy three key players
LOUIS van Gaal will officially begin work at Manchester United this week and he is confident of sealing a triple deal for Angel Di Maria, Arturo Vidal and Mats Hummels, according to British newspapers.
His hand has been strengthened by a kit-deal with Adidas worth £750 million (S$1.6 billion) for a period of 10 years, starting from the 2015-2016 season. This is the richest kit-deal in football history.
Van Gaal refused the offer of a holiday and will take charge at Old Trafford just days after Holland's exit from the World Cup - and he has made these three players his key targets.
According to the Daily Star, Real Madrid winger Di Maria remains high on his list of targets, despite PSG's interest in the player.
Chilean midfielder Vidal, who plays for Juventus, is also a key target but United want a reduction on his £32 million transfer fee before doing business.
And the club also hope to land Germany's Hummels, with talks with Borussia Dortmund going on for weeks for the centre back.
Deals for all three players would likely cost United in excess of £100 million.
On the other hand, several players could be heading for the exit. High on this list are Ashley Young, Nani and Anderson - all of whom have disappointed despite many chances and several years at the club.
Strikers Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck also appear keen to move after being starved of chances last year.