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Here is an XI of potential targets that are reportedly catching Louis van Gaal’s eye:
GK- Hugo Lloris
While several names are rumoured to be coming through the door in the near future, it is one that is reportedly heading for the exit that is grabbing the attention of United fans. David De Gea has been a rock for the Old Trafford side for the last few years, and would be a massive loss should he complete his well-publicised potential move to Real Madrid (via Metro). However, contingency plans are already being put in place for the Spaniard’s departure, and Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris is the number one target, the Metro report. The Frenchman has played a similar role at White Hart Lane, having to lead a sometimes shaky defence, and has the experience under his belt to suggest that he will be able to step up.
RB- Nathaniel Clyne
Despite chasing the Southampton man early on in the window, The Telegraph report that van Gaal switched his attention to Barcelona’s Dani Alves as he tried to find a specialist right-back, with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young filling in last season. However, the Brazilian has decided to stay at the Nou Camp, and so the Dutchman’s focus has switched back to the England international. However, The Telegraph suggest that they will have to battle it out with Liverpool for his signature, as they have already had a bid rejected for the 24-year-old.
CB- Mats Hummels
The German centre-back would bring some much needed experience to a young back four, and while he has enjoyed six great years with Borussia Dortmund, it appears that he would like a new challenge. The Bundesliga side spent much of the year in the bottom three – although they did sort themselves out, finishing sixth – and had to find a new manager as their inspirational boss Jurgen Klopp decided to step down. According to the Daily Express, the 26-year-old has told the club that he wishes to leave, but may cost around £36m.
CB- Nicolas Otamendi
Like Hummels, Otamendi is reportedly keen to leave his current club (via Metro). The Argentinian has been a rock for Valencia, and helped the side break into La Liga’s top four, and earn a spot in next season’s Champions League. Understandably therefore, the Metro suggest that the Spanish side are avoiding selling the 27-year-old until they receive a bid of £35m, however United will initially offer around £25m.
LB- Fabio Coentrao
Despite the big-money signing of Luke Shaw last summer, the left-back area has proved as problematic as the right-back position. The former Southampton man’s injury problems have seen many makeshift options used in the role, and so it is likely that van Gaal would like to add more depth in the full-back area. According to the Daily Express, Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao is one of the options being considered, however a deal may be dependent on whether the Spanish giants can secure the signature of Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.