The top five players linked with signing for Manchester United this week - Vidal, de Jong and more

Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Arsenal, AC Milan and Ajax stars all feature.

Manchester United were one of the clubs that added early in the transfer market with the acquisitions of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.

Louis van Gaal said he needed to assess his squad before deciding whether to invest in additional players so it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that United have been linked with a number of players after they returned to England from their successful pre-season tour of the USA.

Here are five of the best players to be linked with Old Trafford moves this past week.

Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)

Manchester United are well placed to pounce for Marco Reus should a bidding war break out against rival sides. The German could be the subject of several offers this summer or next year after it transpired that the actual buy-out clause in his contract is worth around the £20 million mark.

Arturo Vidal (Juventus)

There are still plenty of reports linking Vidal with a move to Old Trafford. However, boss van Gaal is thought to have serious doubts over the state of the player’s knee which is the reported reason for the hold up in negotiations between the parties who could make the deal happen.

Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal)

United have been offer fresh hope of beating Barcelona to the signing of the Arsenal captain. Vermaelen reportedly wants a move to United over a move to Barca. The reason could be because it offers the chance to stay in England, closer to Belgium and a chance to prove his critics wrong.

Nigel de Jong (AC Milan)

The Dutch midfielder is reportedly the subject of intense interest from Manchester United. LvG seems determined to sign a middle man who can control the space in front of his back four and offer extra defensive protection. De Jong has previous experience of working with United’s boss.

Daley Blind (Ajax)

LvG is apparently keen on a move for the versatile Dutchman who he used extensively during the World Cup. Blind is someone who can play that defensive role in front of the back four as well as offering some cover to Luke Shaw at left-back, where United are stretched thin.

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