With news emerging this morning that United have been knocked back in attempts to sign Luke Shaw from Southampton, United are yet to get any new players secured while Liverpool and Chelsea have already done deals.
“Holland boss van Gaal takes charge at United after the World Cup and has already put a red pen through several initial transfer targets – and given Woodward a fresh list,” writes Steve Bates.
Van Gaal will still be basking in the glory of the Netherlands’ superb 5-1 win against Spain in their opening World Cup game, but United’s coach will have one eye on Old Trafford.
The potential names on the list are amazing and will make United fans break out in huge grins, which would make the Cheshire Cat jealous.
“Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger and Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal are the new targets, with Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani still coveted,” adds Bates
How easy it will be for United to sign those players is unclear but given their profile and status at their current clubs it will be difficult.
Hummels and Schweinsteiger are names that have had lingering connections with United for some time.
Hummels is a crucial member of the Dortmund back four under Jurgen Klopp and it may take a huge offer to prise him away from the German giants. Schweinsteiger is also an important player for Bayern Munich despite reports suggesting that he’s unsure over his future at the Allianz Arena.
Vidal and Cavani would definitely be very expensive and very difficult deals considering the number of top European sides also linked with either that can offer Champions League football on a plate.
It was always going to be difficult for United to get transfer business done before the World Cup but they certainly don’t need to hit the panic button. The fact Woodward has been so busy shows van Gaal is keen on maintaining a line of communication with the club and if deals are possible, United are well placed to get them done.