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Transfer news: Manchester United to pay £15million for Thomas Vermaelen

Manchester United look to beat Barcelona in the chase to sign Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.

The Arsenal leader may come as a fairly cheap replacement for Nemanja Vidic, who recently left to Inter Milan after a eight year stint at Old Trafford. Barcelona looked to have taken pole position in the race to sign the 28-year-old Belgium international on Tuesday when they made a bid of £10million for the player.

However, Sky sources have revealed that United are Vermaelen’s preferred destination and the Old Trafford club will have no problem beating Barca’s offer.

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Vermaelen’s future at Arsenal has been the subject of speculation all summer, with the centre-back entering the final year of his contract at the Emirates.

Manager Louis van Gaal is anxious for more signings following the club’s return from their pre-season tour in America and wants to close deals for Vermaelen and Ajax wing-back Daley Blind before his Premier League bow against Swansea City on August 16.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward accepts he will have to pay a premium price for Vermaelen however because Arsenal would prefer to see him go to La Liga than play for one of their Premier League rivals.

He is no longer first choice for the Gunners, with boss Arsene Wenger preferring the centre-back pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny last season.

Wenger also revealed last week he could not be certain Vermaelen would stay, as he could not guarantee the defender first-team football.

Vermaelen started just seven Premier League games last term and it seems the player is keen to move on, with United looking an ideal destination for him as new manager Louis van Gaal seeks to increase his defensive options.

 

 

 

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Louis Van Gaal – Inherited a ‘Broken Squad’ (Sourced from ESPN)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal claims he has inherited an unbalanced and “broken” squad. Apparently he will attempt to repair the squad by removing the likes of Fellaini and Anderson.

Van Gaal denied that succeeding David Moyes would be easier than following Sir Alex Ferguson, who won 13 titles in 26 years at Old Trafford.

In the Dutchman’s eyes, Ferguson left Moyes with a team of winners. He says he is inheriting a “broken” squad awash with attacking midfielders.

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“No,” Van Gaal said when asked whether following Ferguson would have been harder. “I don’t agree. I had to follow Bobby Robson at Barcelona the year after he won three titles and there wasn’t a problem (Van Gaal won the league that year).

“When there is success you have a very good squad, and now I have to follow and the squad was broken I think.

“When you look at the squad, there is quality. There is [Wayne] Rooney, [Robin] van Persie, [Javier] Hernandez, [Danny] Welbeck, but you also see Juan Mata, Fellaini, and you see [Ander] Herrera. There are a lot of players that can play in the same position.

“It is not in balance. It’s more difficult to succeed in a difficult situation than in a fantastic situation.”

Van Gaal will look to address the imbalance in his squad by moving Fellaini on with reports suggesting, again, that he has made it clear to senior United figures that the £27.5-million signing by Moyes does not feature in his plans.

Napoli are said to be interested in the Belgium midfielder, who returned to training at United’s Carrington training base on Monday, and United are reportedly prepare to take a hit on the price they paid for him, being ready to sell for around £13m. However, Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is thought to prefer a loan deal.

Van Gaal will also address the squad imbalance by trying to sign at least two players over the next three weeks – rumoured to be Thomas Vermaelen and Mats Hummels.

He has been monitoring the recovery of injured Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, who is valued at £79m, while the club is also thought to be keeping tabs on Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria.

Van Gaal insists he will not pay over the odds for any transfer targets though after spending more than £50 million on Herrera and Luke Shaw this summer. The manager has been told he can break transfer records

“I don’t buy players for buying players – I buy players to improve my selection,” Van Gaal said. “First I have to see what we need in all the positions from the system we shall play. At this moment, I don’t know for sure if we will play this system [4-3-3].

“When we play 4-3-3 we will use more or less the same players. But I will need more specialists on the wings and more attacking players – then, we have to buy another type of player.”

United fans can expect Van Gaal to use that particular system more often as it means he can accommodate Rooney, Van Persie and club-record signing Mata in the same team.

“That is one argument for why I choose this system – then, I can play them all. That’s also important but we don’t forget all the others. Hernandez can also play in the striker’s position, Welbeck can also play in the striker’s position and maybe Will Keane can play in that position,” Van Gaal said.

“Rooney can play No.10 and No.9 and he said to me he can also play No.11 and No.7. But I like him more at No.9 or No.10.”

Rooney impressed in the club’s recent friendly victory against Roma and earned special praise from his manager. The England striker is desperate to claim the United captaincy and wants to star under Van Gaal. However, his manager insists he still needs more time to determine who will captain his side in the new season.

“For me the choice of the captain is always very important. He is the captain on the pitch and he can enlarge my influence but he needs to have the same philosophy and way of seeing life. It’s not simple to choose so I need time to do that,” Van Gaal said.

“It’s dependable on personality. The captain doesn’t have to be the most senior player. For me, it’s more about the personality and mentality and the way he stands in life is very important.”

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Real Madrid star Di Maria wants to join LVG’s Man Utd

According to The Daily Star on Sunday Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria WANTS to join Manchester United.

Having recently purchasing James Rodriguez Man United know that Di Maria is up for grabs at Real Madrid’s £45m asking price BUT Louis Van Gaal is unsure on whether to move for the Argentina star.

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Paris St Germain are also on full alert but they are unhappy with Di Maria’s supposed interest in moving to Manchester.

United won’t quibble over Real’s fee as Van Gaal has enough funds at his disposal to negotiate a straight cash deal. On the other hand Louis Van Gaal is currently reviewing his squad on the USA tour. Wilfried Zaha has yet to feature and Nani has not really stood out in the two games he’s featured in. Ashley Young played well against L.A Galaxy notching up 2 goals and an assist, while Antonio Valencia looks certain to be in Van Gaal’s plans.


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Manchester United boss David Moyes in contention for manager of the month

Manchester United manager David Moyes is amongst the nominees for Barclays Premier League manager of the month for December.

It’s not a joke. Moyes’ men have endured a poor start to 2014 – but they secured four wins and a draw in December which has seen him shortlisted.

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Also in contention is Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who had a win ratio of 71 per cent after claiming five wins from seven games, losing just once. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is also up for the honour after going unbeaten in the month, winning six of his seven games. The final name up for the award is Everton’s Roberto Martinez, who lost just once in his six games – taking his side to four wins over the festive period. Whoever wins will be taking their first honour of the season, as the previous four winners – Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino and Alan Pardew – are not nominated.

Like with the manager award, the player of the month will also be a new contender as none of the previous four winners are up for nomination. Liverpool’s Luis Suarez leads the contenders, but Manchester City stars Alvaro Negredo, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure are also in contention. England and Everton starlet Ross Barkley is nominated along with Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, who has subsequently been ruled out for the season.

 

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