Manchester United have stepped up their efforts to sign Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan by offering the La Liga champions £16million and Shinji Kagawa for the Turkish international.
According to the Daily Express, new Old Trafford boss Louis Van Gaal has turned his attention to Atletico midfielder after seemingly missing out on Juventus’ Arturo Vidal.
Vidal has travelled with the Serie A giants to their pre-season tour to Jakarta, which suggests he will not be signing for United this summer.
So Van Gaal has now identified Turan as the next best thing and is prepared to offer United flop Kagawa as a deal sweetener.
The Japanese international is not seen as an important part of United’s new look team for the coming season and is expected to leave the club before the end of the transfer window this month.
And with the La Liga side reportedly already interested in the midfielder, it is believed United are confident that a deal can be struck.
The move could see United make a significant saving on the £47m they were prepared to pay for Vidal’s services.