Manchester United have a number of players they can look to use in this summer’s transfer market in order to help them land top targets.
Earlier this week, Manchester Evening News reported that Javier Hernandez could be used as a makeweight in order to help Louis van Gaal land top targets. However, he isn’t the only one the Dutch manager could call upon.
Very few teams in Europe can boast the amount of high-profile players United have that may not necessarily be in the first team next season or, supposedly in David de Gea’s case, attracting heavy interest from a major continental club.
We take a look at four players who could be called upon to help Van Gaal strengthen the United squad this summer.
Adnan Januzaj – the Belgian is a fantastic prospect and one the Red Devils will be desperate to keep at the club on a long-term basis. However, now could be the perfect time to offer him out on a season long-loan to secure a more pressing target.
With the arrival of Memphis Depay, and the Guardian reporting Nicolas Gaitan to be a target, the chances of first team football for the youngster seem limited.
Nevertheless, his reputation across Europe could see him join a top club and go a long way in United attracting a high-profile signing.
Jesse Lingard – much like Januzaj, the England under-21 winger will be fortunate to get on the bench next season never mind hold down a regular starting role in the first-team.
He has impressed while on loan in the Championship and shown himself to be ready for the step up to the Premier League.
According to the Telegraph, United are chasing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, along with a number of other clubs, so Lingard could be an ideal bargaining chip if they are to pursue this deal in the future.
Javier Hernandez – already touted as a potential makeweight in deals this summer, the former Real Madrid loanee has certainly seen his stock rise over the past 12 months.
He scored seven goals in seven starts for Madrid in La Liga and generally earned plaudits from his peers for his performances despite his lack of game time.
The Mexican is likely to be in demand so it won’t be too difficult for Van Gaal to look at using the interest to his advantage.
David de Gea – if the Spaniard is likely to move on this summer then Real Madrid, maybe Barcelona, seems to be the most likely destination.
Although the loss of the goalkeeper will hurt the 20-time English champions, it gives them scope to try and bring in one of those from De Gea’s suitors.