With the January transfer window fast approaching, clubs will be analysing their targets and will be looking to make a deal happen. Will Manchester United be active again in this forthcoming transfer window, defensive issues still seem apparent and Van Gaal consistently being rumoured with midfielders. Here are 5 players that could potentially be subject of a transfer bid from Manchester United come January:
Many were expecting Van Gaal to pursue Vlaar in the summer transfer window, after a successful World Cup together Vlaar seemed a logical option for United. Vlaar would give an inexperienced backline some much needed leadership and experience. With Vlaar’s contract up at the end of the season, Aston Villa may have to act in the January transfer window. Van Gaal may end up leaving defensive issues until the summer and go for bigger names like Hummels however if Vlaar does become available it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him at Old Trafford come January. With Tom Cleverley currently at Aston Villa on loan and also being out of contract at the end of the season, it could be that both clubs come up with an agreement that involves both Cleverley and Vlaar.
What a start to the season it has been for Nathaniel Clyne; there were periods of last season that Clyne was looking on from the side lines being kept out of the side by Callum Chambers. Now a regular in Ronald Koeman’s side, Clyne has thrived on playing regular football. Due to such consistently positive performances, Roy Hodgson took notice and selected him for the national team. With 18 months left on his current Southampton contract, a host of top clubs will be weighing up Clyne. Sir Alex Ferguson was reportedly a huge admirer of Clyne when he was at Crystal Palace, with question marks being raised over Rafael’s fitness and consistency, Clyne could well be seen as a possibility to replace the Brazilian. Southampton will be reluctant to sell one of their star performers but as shown in the summer every player has their price.
There are constant question marks over Khedira’s future at Real Madrid, since Toni Kroos was signed in the summer; Khedira has had to play second fiddle to the likes of Modric and Kroos. With Khedira’s contract up at the end of the season, Madrid may have to act in January in order to cut their losses on Khedira. Khedira is the type of player that Manchester United have been crying out for a long period of time, his ability to break up oppositions attacks and screen the back four is indispensable. However it is likely that Madrid will let the Khedira saga rumble on with Luka Modric being ruled out for 3 months. A host of clubs will be after Khedira if he decides to leave and Manchester United will be one of them.
It’s clear to see the mutual admiration that Strootman and Van Gaal have for each other, Strootman was going to be a pinnacle figure in Van Gaal’s World Cup side. Unfortunately for Strootman he picked up a serious cruciate knee ligament injury which consequently ruled him out of the World Cup and a large chunk of the current season. Now back in action at Roma and slowly getting back to full match fitness, many experts feel that Van Gaal will do all he can to reunite with his former captain. Roma have been ruthless and indicated that Strootman is not for sale however there is no sign of this story quieting and it would be no shock to anyone if Strootman does end up at Old Trafford at some stage in the foreseeable future.
Looking at the current United side, there are very few players that can inject pace into the play. Apart from the likes of Rooney and Di Maria, Van Gaal’s side play can be rather one paced and lacking tempo. Part of Manchester United’s DNA and history has been built on pacey counter attacks and running teams into the ground. Dutch youngster Depay is a player that Van Gaal is well aware of, currently applying his trade with PSV, Depay’s reputation is continuing to blossom and he could well be a logical option for Van Gaal. However Depay will not come cheap and a host of top clubs across Europe will be analysing Depay’s progress.