Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal wants to ignore a world record move for Gareth Bale and instead complete a double swoop for Kevin Strootman and Mats Hummels, according to reports from The Express.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with offers in excess of £100m for the Welsh flyer in recent weeks, amid suggestions that his role at Real Madrid is under threat.
Such a sum would blow the highest ever fee paid for a player – Bale to the Bernabeu from Spurs for £86m in 2013 – and set United well on their way to eclipsing the £150m spent on new players last summer.
However, LVG is more concerned with addressing concerns in the back third of his team, rather than up front.
Hummels and Strootman are understood to be his top targets, with the pair widely regarded as two of the very best players in their respective positions in European football.
Van Gaal worked closely with the latter, who currently stars for Roma, during his time in charge of the Netherlands, while the former has been a key member of Dortmund’s recent successes – including the Bundesliga title and their appearance in the 2013 Champions League Final.
Seamus Coleman of Everton and Nathaniel Clyne are also options to improve the right hand side of United’s rearguard.