Manchester United may already have one of the biggest squads in the Premier League, but the signing of PSV winger Memphis Depay, as reported on the BBC, shows more are likely to come through the door.
No team in the Premier League can boast more wide midfielders than United, yet Louis van Gaal still made the Dutch international his first addition of the summer.
Three players that are likely to be affected by the signing, more than most, are: Jesse Lingard, Adnan Januzaj and Angel Di Maria as they all are likely to be a causality of the summer rebuild.
We take a look at what Van Gaal should do this summer with the three players in question:
Jesse Lingard – The 22-year-old has returned from a successful loan spell at Derby County to find that he faces more competition for a place out wide than when he left the club and signed a new deal in January.
He faces strong competition from the likes of Andreas Pereira and Adnan Januzaj for a place in the squad and could find himself back out on loan when the season starts in August. The Championship seems the most likely destination for the youngster, however, he may have shown enough at that level already to land a move to a Premier League side.
Adnan Januzaj – After bursting on the scene at 18, the Belgium international seems to have stagnated and now looks likely to lose his place in the squad as Van Gaal continues to build his own side.
At 20, he still has plenty of time to reach his potential and is unlikely to be moved on permanently. He could be offered on a loan deal to a European or Premier League club as the Belgian has surely displayed too much to be dropped to the Championship.
Angel Di Maria – The record-breaking signing has had a season to forget and already has been linked with a permanent move away from the club, as reported by the Daily Mail.
He may come under-fire next season if he doesn’t hit the ground running, but Van Gaal would be foolish to push the ex-Real Madrid player out the door at a low cut price.
He still has plenty of pedigree and could become a good player in the red and white of United, but has it all to prove.
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