Manchester United set to splash big in summer spending spree
Manchester United, odds-on 2/7 with Coral for a top four finish, are reportedly aiming to capture a host of new world class signings this summer, as Louis van Gaal prepares for a possible return to Champions League football next season.
It is believed that Old Trafford’s Dutch boss will be boosted with a £100m war-chest in order to strengthen for that hopeful return to Europe’s elite competition. With the club having spent close to £150m last summer, the Red Devils may also look to offload several of the current stuttering stars to add to further transfer funds.
Coral writers have selected a list of potential transfer targets for Van Gaal this year, if the former Netherlands coach is rewarded with a huge summer budget.
Seamus Coleman – £15m
With former Southampton full back Luke Shaw having struggled to make a substantial impact at Old Trafford since his £30m switch, United may be reluctant to make a similar move for current Saints right back Nathaniel Clyne.
Republic of Ireland international Coleman could potentially be a cheaper option and would provide the Red Devils with an experienced top-flight attacking full back to grace Old Trafford’s right flank.
Nicolas Otamendi – £25m
The Argentina international has reportedly been watched by United scouts in the last 12 months, with Van Gaal likely to be willing to match his buy-out clause.
A potentially dominant defensive partnership with current Red Devils defender and fellow Argentine Marcos Rojo could be in the Dutch manager’s thinking.
Memphis Depay – £30m
A winger of Depay’s calibre has long been missing from United’s set-up, and the deadly Dutchman could be the marquee signing that propels the club back towards European silverware success.
The flying PSV attacker has netted an incredible 20 goals in all competitions already this season, an amazing achievement for a wide player.
Nigel De Jong – £10m
AC Milan’s combative midfielder worked under Van Gaal at international level, including at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil where he started every match for the Netherlands.
The former Manchester City enforcer is understood to be interested in a reunion with his former boss, and the 30-year-old would provide United’s central midfield with the aggressive attributes that have been absent for several seasons.
Felipe Anderson – £25m
Lazio’s midfield maestro has risen to prominence this current campaign in the Serie A, developing into one of Europe’s most promising talents.
The 21-year-old Brazilian has reached double figures for the season with his goalscoring exploits from midfield and, despite having recently penned a new contract, a strong offer could tempt him to join fellow Brazil-born players Rafael and Andreas Pereira at Old Trafford. United currently sit comfortably in fourth spot of the top-flight and are 9/4 to finish outside of a Champions League place.