The season may be over, but football doesn’t stop. Manchester United will be busy in the next few weeks in order to line up their new signings ahead of their pre season tour of America.
If Louis Van Gaal gets his way, all of his dealings will be done by early July – no more waiting until 1am on deadline day for paperwork to go through.
Business has already began at Manchester United, though. Memphis Depay has signed from PSV and will officially be a Manchester United player when the transfer window opens on July 1.
Radamel Falcao has already said his goodbyes, as his loan will not be extended. Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez returns to Manchester United following his loan deal at Real Madrid; but he may not be a United player for very long.
And, as always, there are plenty of players who are rumoured to be a Manchester United player ahead of a new campaign. Players who span across Europe; and the rumours are becoming even more weird and wonderful.
United have been heavily linked with Nicolas Otamendi for weeks now. Louis Van Gaal knows he has to strengthen his defence, who were hit massively with injuries last season. Otamendi is on the list along with Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, Barcelona’s Dani Alves and Bayern Munich’s Dante. Despite being linked to Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne prior to the end of the season, United’s interest is meant to have ‘cooled’.
Rather bizarrely, Manchester United have also been linked to the likes of Bayern Munich duo Thomas Muller and Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer. Is Louis Van Gaal going to raid the club he used to manage?
Apart from the players who are rumoured to be coming to Old Trafford, there are a few names who are linked with moves away. Everton are set to benefit from the deadwood that is planned to be cleared out of United, namely, Jonny Evans. It is thought that Adnan Januzaj will also be joining on a loan deal, or he could be joining former manager David Moyes at Real Sociedad.
Pogba, Ronaldo, Dante, Lloris – you name it, United have been linked to them already. Louis Van Gaal could sign one of these players, or none of them. The Dutchman wants, and needs, a 20 goal a season striker, he may need a goalkeeper, and will need a strong back line.
Take all rumours with a pinch of salt, but there’s no doubt Van Gaal will be making big moves this summer.