As they say, there is no smoke without fire.
For much of this summer, it has been reported how newly appointed Manchester United manager Louis van Vaal wants to sign some of his former players at Bayern Munich and those currently in his Netherlands national team.
Pretty much half of the Dutch squad has been linked with moves to Old Trafford, while a number of players of Bayern, the club that the 62-year-old was in charge of between 2009 and 2011, are said to be on his wish-list.
It is easy to make the connection, of course, but it now appears that there may be some substance in it.
Following the Netherlands’ 3-0 victory over hosts Brazil in the 2014 World Cup third-place playoff at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia on Saturday, Bayern winger Arjen Robben revealed that Van Gaal has asked him if he wants to join United.
‘After the match he did ask me to come to Manchester, but I will not make a move’, the 30-year-old told NOS. ‘I'm at the right place at Bayern so that has nothing to do with Van Gaal or United’.
Former Chelsea star Robben also added that he has told his Dutch compatriot that he is ‘happy’ in Munich so perhaps this will stop any further speculation on the matter, but this does appear to confirm that Van Gaal wants to sign a winger this summer.
Perhaps all the reports about United trying to sign Angel di Maria from Real Madrid are true after all. The 26-year-old Argentina international winger has been strongly linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, and a number of clubs are reportedly interested in the former Benfica star.
However, that ship may have sailed. According to a recent report, Paris Saint-Germain have won the race to sign Di Maria as United will now focus on recruiting midfielder Arturo Vidal from Juventus.
Vidal will certainly be a great addition to the Red Devils, but the Manchester outfit do need a world-class wide-player. With Robben and Di Maria now not seemingly heading to Old Trafford, should United step up their pursuit of Juan Cuadrado?
Another winger to have impressed at the World Cup in Brazil, the 26-year-old Colombia international could be available for £30 million, with Fiorentina indicating that they are resigned to losing their prized asset (click here to read more).
United have been linked with a move for Cuadrado over the past few weeks, but so have Barcelona and other clubs. It seems that just like for any other player, they face competition for the Colombian as well.