Goal.com claims Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has approved a move for Everton midfielder James McCarthy.
The 23-year-old has been a solid performer for Roberto Martinez at the Toffees and United’s interest appears to have been ignited following the confirmation of van Gaal as the club’s new boss.
“The Republic of Ireland international was a target for former Old Trafford manager David Moyes but new boss Louis van Gaal has approved a move for the midfielder,” claims a Goal exclusive.
Everton reportedly rate McCarthy at around the £25 million mark, which would make him a huge investment if United went after a move but it would be proof of van Gaal’s willingness to develop home grown players.
LvG selected 16 Eredivisie based players for his Netherlands World Cup squad and could create a core of British talent running throughout the United side.
It would also be evidence of what Bundesliga expert Jan Aage Fjortoft claimed would happen when van Gaal took over.
Fjortoft suggested United fans shouldn’t expect many big or must have signings, but more clever deals based on helping United adhere to van Gaal’s philosophy ahead of the new season.
The one thing missing from United’s midfield at the moment is a little bit of grit, aggression and determination in the form of a player who can protect the defence and break up the play.
McCarthy is certainly a player who could do that although for £25 million, United fans will rightly suggest there are better players the club could go after.
Sami Khedira, rated at around £20 million, is a good example but he’s not British and will want to play in the Champions League, which United can’t offer this season.
The report also suggests that Tottenham Hotspur are interested but if it came down to a bidding war between the two clubs, United would definitely have the financial edge.