Atletico end United swap deal hopes - but still want two rumoured van Gaal outcasts

Arda Turan Atletico

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says that winger Arda Turan won't be leaving the club amidst rumours of interest from Manchester United.

Last season's La Liga winners and Champions League finalists have lost a number of key players already this summer, with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois returning to Chelsea at the end of his three-year loan deal. Left back Filipe Luis and striker Diego Costa have also made the move to Stamford Bridge, whilst forwards David Villa and Adrian Lopez have signed for Melbourne City and Porto respectively.

With new signings Jan Oblak, Guilherme Siqueira, Cristian Ansaldi, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic now in place, manager Simeone will be praying for no more departures – especially with Turkish winger Turan linked with a move to the Premier League with Manchester United.

New Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal still needs to strengthen his squad at Old Trafford despite the signings of Southampton left back Luke Shaw and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, and improving his wide options must be a priority with Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Nani all flattering to deceive in recent seasons.

The 27-year-old former Galatasaray star has impressed with exceptional technique and dribbling in the Spanish capital, and reports over the weekend suggested that United want to engineer a swap deal, sending Japanese international Shinji Kagawa to Atletico in exchange. However, Argentine boss Simeone said "Arda isn't going anywhere, I'm sure of it," in a recent interview, which could end van Gaal's hopes of landing Turan.

Whilst the swap deal would therefore be off, Atletico could still be looking to strike a deal with United for Kagawa, as well as Mexican striker Javier Hernandez. Both players have been tipped to leave Old Trafford this summer as van Gaal reshapes his squad, and reports in Spain believe that a £25m double bid is on the way from Atletico.

Hernandez looks like the perfect partner for Mandzukic in attack, whilst if Simeone went with a 4-2-3-1 system, Kagawa could play in his preferred No. 10 role, with Griezmann and Turan either side of him - creating a dangerous trident.

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