Depay is done, but who’s next? Five stars who could soon join Man United

Despite an inconsistent season for Manchester United, a fortunate two-one victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday has all-but guaranteed their place in the top four, and with it a return to the Champions League after just a year away from the competition.

The three points at Selhurst Park completed a good week for the Red Devils, having completed a deal to sign Dutch prodigy Memphis Depay just days earlier.

Subject to a medical, the PSV star will arrive at Old Trafford this summer and looks to be the first of many big-name signings as Louis van Gaal looks to strengthen his squad in order to challenge for the league title next season.

With the transfer rumours in full swing, the gossip columns have been rife with names linked with a switch to Manchester United, many of whom would come as fantastic additions to the squad and certainly make the Reds a force both domestically and in Europe.

And while their primary aim will be to resolve the long-term future of their goalkeeper David de Gea, their next signing may not be too far away.

Here are five stars who could soon be joining Depay at Manchester United…
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Ilkay Gundogan

Ilkay Gundogan

Having struggled with the absence of Michael Carrick over the past month, one of United’s main aims of the summer transfer window will be to bolster their central midfield options and find a worthy replacement for the England international.

And in Ilkay Gundogan they could have just the man. Having already announced he is to leave Dortmund in the coming months, the Red Devils are firm favourites to sign the German star, with reports suggesting a deal has already between struck.

The Bundesliga outfit are thought to have accepted a fee of around £21m, and it seems just a matter of time before the transfer is announced and Gundogan becomes United’s second major signing this summer.

Mats Hummels

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Gundogan is not the only Dortmund player United have in sights, with Mats Hummels another who has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford in the near future.

Van Gaal is unsurprisingly looking to improve his defence after some abject displays at the back by his team this season, and the German World Cup winner has emerged as a prime target.

Having failed to sign Hummels in January, talks to complete a £37m deal for the centre-back are said to be well under way, in a move that could see him arrive alongside his current Dortmund teammate as United complete a double swoop on the Bundesliga side.

Nathaniel Clyne

Click Clyne

It’s not just at centre-half where United are looking to strengthen, with the right-back position another they have their eye on.

Despite some decent performances from stand-in Antonio Valencia, Nathaniel Clyne has been earmarked as the man to come in and fill the gap after a fine season at Southampton, which sees them pushing for a European spot.

The 24-year-old has just a year left on his current deal, and a bid of £18m could be enough to convince the Saints to sell up if they fail in their efforts to tie him down to a new contract.

Clyne is thought to be pursuing a move in order to play in the Champions League, and despite interest from Chelsea, United remain favourites to sign him.

Thomas Muller

Thomas Mueller

Despite winning another Bundesliga title, it’s been a disappointing few weeks for Bayern Munich, which compounded with their exit from the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Although they won the return leg, Thomas Muller’s strike was not enough as they lost out 5-3 on aggregate to Barcelona, a game that could signal the end of the forward’s time at the club.

Muller is said to have fallen out with Pep Guardiola, and having spoke of his great relationship with Louis van Gaal over the past week, this has fuelled rumours of a possible £45m transfer to the Premier League.

With Manchester United keen to bolster their attack, the 25-year-old offers a quality option to do just that, and having won the lot at Bayern Munich he may well be up for a new challenge and a possible reunion with his former boss.

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

Despite assurances from Real Madrid that he is very much part of their plans, Gareth Bale’s future at the Spanish giants continues to be questioned after a difficult campaign.

The Welshman has been criticised for his performances, and apparently struggling with the language barrier, feels isolated at the Bernanbeu.

Manchester United and Chelsea have both been linked with a move for the former Spurs star, and could test Real’s resolve with a bid this summer in order to offer Bale a way out.

However any potential deal could depend on United’s reluctance to sell David de Gea, with the Spaniard a prime target for Madrid as they seek a replacement for the ageing Iker Casilas.

Although it looks unlikely, there is certainly some unrest from Madrid surrounding Bale, which if it continues could well lead to a move this summer.