Much has been written about Manchester United’s transfer plans this summer, but following the appointment of Louis van Gaal as their new manager, what does the Dutch press make of all the stories?
Newspaper De Telegraaf – which appeared one step ahead of the English press during United’s prolonged courting of van Gaal – has published a story this weekend detailing what they say are the 62-year-old’s transfer plans, with a slight caveat that it could be a challenge to sign them.
The report claims van Gaal wants the majority of United’s transfer business done by July, with the usual suspects named.
Kevin Strootman, Mats Hummels, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Yevhen Konoplyanka are all said to be on van Gaal’s shopping list. And the report claims the current Holland boss gave United some “homework” while he was on World Cup duty.
In short, he wants the side considerably strengthened by the time he takes the reins. Something that is easier said than done.
The report concludes with the problem some United fans fear will be a major stumbling block and others think is not a big deal for footballers with the ability to forward-think.
United’s lack of Champions League football means the players they are targeting may be hard to persuade. But they need to aim high in terms of targets, or that year away from Europe’s elite could become much longer.