Six midfielders Louis van Gaal could target this summer

first_img 6 6 6. Koke: La Liga winner to follow Spanish contingent at Old Trafford? Click the arrow to see more possible midfield targets for van Gaal – The Spain international was an integral part of the Atletico Madrid side that won La Liga last season – breaking the Real Madrid/Barcelona monopoly. Koke has become Xavi’s unofficial heir in the Spanish national team and he has also been earmarked for a move to the Camp Nou. However, former United boss David Moyes scouted the 23-year-old last season, and despite signing a new deal through to 2019 last summer, Koke could become United’s ‘new Paul Scholes’ if van Gaal pursued the Spaniard. 5. Ilkay Gundogan: Dortmund midfielder to make big move to England? Click the arrow to see more possible midfield targets for van Gaal – Gundogan was one Europe’s most coveted players in 2013, after a string of impressive performances helped Borussia Dortmund to the Champions League final. However, he virtually missed the entirety of last season with a back injury, but now fit again the German is the playmaker at the heart of Dortmund’s midfield and despite the Bundesliga club’s disastrous season, Gundogan’s reputation has not been affected. His contract expires in less than 18 months, and he could be available on a reduced fee in the summer, with Dortmund reluctant to lose him for nothing, similar to Robert Lewandowski. 6 6 2. Kevin Strootman: Dutch midfielder to bring ‘total football’ to Old Trafford? – Strootman has been linked to United since last summer’s transfer window, and reports earlier this season suggested a deal had already been agreed to sign the midfielder this summer. The Dutchman is a favourite of van Gaal, and the former Netherlands boss had to change his World Cup formation when Strootman was ruled out of the tournament with a serious knee injury. Under normal circumstances, the midfielder would be van Gaal’s number one choice, but the 25-year-old suffered another knee injury at the end of last month and is out for the season, and United could be reluctant to pin their hopes on a big-money, injury prone signing – a la Owen Hargreaves. 4. Arturo Vidal: Juve midfielder to finally move to Premier League? Click the arrow to see more possible midfield targets for van Gaal – The Chile international was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford last summer but a deal didn’t materialise. The 27-year-old arrived in Turin in 2011 and he has become an integral figure of a Juve side that has dominated Serie A in recent years. Combative and relentless, Vidal’s style seems perfect for the Premier League and he would add competitiveness that United have lacked since Roy Keane. The Chilean is out of contract in 2017, and van Gaal could move for the tough tackling midfielder this summer. 3. Bastian Schweinsteiger: World Cup winner to reunite with van Gaal? Click the arrow to see more possible midfield targets for United – The World Cup winner is the complete midfielder who would add big game experience and maturity, which few others could bring. Van Gaal converted the German from a right-winger into a central midfielder in his time at Bayern and although he is not ideal in terms of age – 29 – the German is still one of the finest midfielders around. Schweinsteiger offers creativity and discipline and he recently admitted he’s in no hurry to renew his deal with the German champions, putting potential suitors on red alert. 6 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed he is on the hunt for a new midfielder to join in the summer.Question marks still hang over the Dutchman’s tactical approach, and when asked if Wayne Rooney has been deployed in midfielder due to a lack of creativity, he responded: “Of course that’s the case. I’m looking for balance and I need it in midfield.”Rooney has yet to have a shot on goal in 2015 and hasn’t scored in nine matches – stretching back to Boxing Day against Newcastle United.United’s search for a new midfielder bodes well for Rooney’s long-term chase to become United’s all-time record goalscorer, but who could Van Gaal sign? Take a look in the slideshow above.Click the arrow to see six possible midfielders who Louis van Gaal could sign in the summer and let us know who you think should move to Old Trafford… 6 1. Paul Pogba: United to “break transfer record” to re-sign French midfielder? – Sir Alex Ferguson’s failure to keep Pogba at United is probably his biggest mistake since selling Jaap Stam to Lazio. The Frenchman left Old Trafford on a free in 2012 citing a lack of first-team opportunities and he has gone on to establish himself as one of Europe’s most sought-after-midfielder’s. The France international was named the World Cup’s Best Young Player last year, and he should win a third consecutive Serie A with Juventus this year. The 21-year-old is a dynamic box-to-box midfielder, which is exactly what United have been missing for the past few years. Pogba offers a mix of pace, power and technique, and despite signing a new deal until 2019 in October, his agent Mino Raiola has indicated the Frenchman will be on the move in the next year, and said: “He will beat the transfer record.”last_img

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