Although Manchester United are tipped to make some huge transfer moves during the summer, they may still need to consider some players who are guaranteed to understand the English game.
This means they can even search for reinforcements from within the Premier League during the January window before deciding to break the bank at the end of the campaign.
So, here are five players Louis van Gaal should sign consider ahead of the upcoming transfer window if he is to maintain his squad’s quality throughout the second half of the campaign.
Name: Winston Reid
Nationality: New Zealand
Club: West Ham United
Price: £20 million (asking price)
Winston Reid has been a constant performer for West Ham United this season, having featured in 15 out of 16 league matches. Sam Allardyce has already led his team into the top four and based on their performance, they are still a strong force this year.
Interest in Reid is quite high, with Arsenal and Liverpool believed to be amongst the clubs looking to sign him in January. He is also nearing the end of his contract, meaning the Hammers may be forced to let him leave.
Name: Seamus Coleman
Price: £18 – £22 million
Manchester United are currently filled with left-backs, but on the opposite side, they are left rather exposed. Rafael is the only actual player capable of the role with Antonio Valencia often being called to replace him during an injury. Louis van Gaal has already tried to lure Seamus Coleman to Old Trafford during the summer and could do so once again.
He became a vital member of the Everton back line thanks to his fine performance during the previous season. But because he is on good form, he is also being tracked by league leaders Chelsea.
Name: Nathaniel Clyne
Price: £15 – £20 million
Much like the case of Seamus Coleman, Nathaniel Clyne could be an over better option for Manchester United to secure the services of a highly rated right back. The Southampton man is currently regarded as the best right back in England and is well on his way to become his nations first choice selection.
At only 23, a move to Old Trafford could make him the first choice selection there as well. Plus, playing opposite to Luke Shaw could work wonders as the pair have already worked together while playing for the Saints.
Name: Ron Vlaar
Club: Aston Villa
Price: £8 – £12 million
Although the World Cup has past for quite a while, Ron Vlaar could still be a short-term fix for Manchester United’s back line, especially with the host of injuries they have been suffering so far. He was a stand-out performer for Netherlands in the summer and could very well replicate that form at Old Trafford.
He earlier revealed that he was happy at Aston Villa earlier in the season, but with his team now sitting in 13th place and his contract coming to an end, he may be open to a new challenge or may even be forced out to avoid a free transfer when his deal expires.
Name: Ross Barkley
Position: Attacking Midfield
Price: £50 million (asking price)
Ross Barkley is pretty much on the top of almost all the Premier League elites as he is currently regarded as on of England’s most promising midfielders. Both Manchester City as well as Chelsea have joined Manchester United for his signature during the summer, but there was no way Roberto Martinez and Everton were going to let him leave.
The Toffees placed a huge £50million price tag on his head, a number that seems to have halted potential moves for the star attacker, but it doesn’t mean that the big clubs will stop their chase for his services.