Joao Miranda has once again cropped up in the Manchester United rumour mill, with the big Brazilian admitting that he’s a little tempted by the prospect of heading to Old Trafford.
A centre-back is very much on Louis van Gaal’s radar, with, despite the £150m spend of last summer, the Red Devils not yet a side moulded to his way of playing.
The links with fresh talent have been plentiful, with many stars in England and across the continent matching up to the skills and characteristics the iconic Dutchman has shown through the years that he craves.
And here are FIVE who could make the Theatre of Dreams the Theatre of Louis…
A player to have worked under Van Gaal in the Netherlands side in the run up to and during the World Cup, Depay is well versed in what the United boss wants from his players.
Although he played a fringe role, the 20-year-old netted two goals in Brazil, and his contribution of 19 Eredivisie efforts this term has further shown that he’s a lethal final third player.
PSV Eindhoven manager Phillip Cocu has already confessed that the Red Devils target could be sold this summer… so LVG could get his man.
Knee injuries have wrecked Strootman’s last two seasons, but the Dutchman is still on Van Gaal’s radar.
The midfielder, who plays for Roma, was very much LVG’s go to guy in the Oranje team in the build-up to the World Cup, with his feisty playing style and presence in the middle of the pitch key attributes.
The midfielder himself would offer a different option to the likes of Michael Carrick and Daley Blind, which could be vital in mixing domestic and European action.
Brazilian, full of flair and able to find the back of the net, Firmino could offer LVG the attacking spark his side have somewhat missed.
Able to drift in from a wide role of occupy the ‘No. 10’ position, the South American is dangerous, with a record of 22 goals since the start of the 2013/14 campaign under his belt.
He has been linked with United, too, with an offer of around £20m thought to be enough.
Cavani has been linked with a move to Old Trafford to replace Robin van Persie this summer, and he seems to be suited to an LVG style of play.
‘El Matador’ offers a nice blend of pace and physicality, which would give United a greater threat in the final third, with RVP and Radamel Falcao having been a little one dimensional this term.
He won’t come cheap, but Champions League football looks to be heading back to the Theatre of Dreams, so cash may be in place.
Right-back is clearly becoming an issue for United, with Antonio Valencia and Rafael obviously not perfect fits for Van Gaal’s way of playing, with the duo not up to the job defensively.
Clyne, although solid going forward, is actually adept in his own third, and it’s no coincidence that he’s a part of the Premier League’s best rearguard – 22 goals conceded all season. A nice balance, then.