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Manchester United’s top 10 transfer targets under Louis van Gaal

1 Luke Shaw – Southampton,
price £30m
The 18-year-old left-back brings
blistering pace, attacking threat
and a rawness that should thrill
the Old Trafford crowd. And at
the prospective fee, Shaw
represents a bargain and coup
because if fitness and
contentment are retained the club
may acquire a top-drawer
performer for the next 15 years.
2 Mats Hummels – Borussia
Dortmund, £25m-30m
Louis van Gaal hopes to do much
of his shopping in the Bundesliga
and in Hummels the Dutchman
sees a 25-year-old Germany
central defender who can help fill
the void left by the departures of
Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
3 Toni Kroos – Bayern Munich,
Bayern Munich midfielder
Toni Kroos celebrates with the
German Cup final trophy.
The 24-year-old can operate in
box-to-box mode, as a No10, or in
more metronomic style,
prompting the attack from deep:
all of which is why Van Gaal and
United have identified him as a
solution to the perennial issue of
the club’s central midfield deficit.
4 Arjen Robben – Bayern
Munich, £30m
The trusted lieutenant in Van
Gaal’s Holland team (alongside
Robin van Persie) has flowered
since he joined Bayern from Real
Madrid in 2009. Can the new
manager prise the 30-year-old
away from the German
champions? It may seem a remote
hope but it could be fun finding
out as the summer unfolds.
5 Thomas Müller – Bayern
Munich, £35m
Another of Bayern’s young yet
highly experienced stars (Müller
is 24). Van Gaal was responsible
for giving the forward a chance in
the first team when manager at
the club from 2009-11. Despite the
vagaries of Pep Guardiola’s false
No9 system at Bayern, Müller still
returned 13 Bundesliga goals in 25
6 Marco Reus – Borussia
Dortmund, £35m
“He has the quality to become one
of the best 10 players in the
world,” says Bayern’s Dante, a
former Borussia Mönchengladbach
team-mate. The forward/winger
has a £30m buyout clause that is
triggered next year but with
Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia
and Nani all now proven duds as
wide players, the 24-year-old
would be a fine buy for United.
7 Cesc Fábregas – Barcelona,
Barcelona midfielder Cesc
Fábregas, left.
The Spaniard seriously considered
joining United last year and the
20-times champions are once again
interested. Fábregas started 28
times in La Liga but if the club
wish to generate funds the former
Arsenal captain may be sold. A
central midfield duo of Fábregas
and Kroos would be a serious
8 Karim Benzema – Real Madrid,
Seventeen goals in 34 La Liga
starts is apparently not enough to
secure the 26-year-old a firm
future at Real as the club eyes the
glittering talents of Liverpool’s
Luis Suárez. The Frenchman
would offer a more direct option
at centre-forward than either the
more cultured Van Persie or the
instinctive wanderer who is
Wayne Rooney.
9 Eliaquim Mangala – Porto,
Porto's France international
The France international seems
certain to leave Porto this summer
and at 23 years old and 6ft 2in he
and Hummels could form an
impressive centre-back
partnership. Manchester City are
currently the favourites so United
would love to gazump their
10 Dante – Bayern Munich, £30m
Another defender who is on the
United radar, the Brazilian is
perhaps the least likely to join
having signed a fresh contract two
months ago tying him to the
German champions for three more
years. However, United did try to
buy him in January so will
continue to monitor the Brazilian.

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