Earlier in the week we learnt that Louis van Gaal wants to be named Manchester United boss as soon as possible due to his World Cup commitments. Today, we’ve learnt that his top three transfer targets are Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos, and Dortmund duo Marco Reus and Mats Hummels.
The trio are thought to cost way in excess of £100m, but heavy investment, particularly in the problem midfield area, is certainly needed. The Daily Mail also claim that United are also looking at Southampton duo of Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana.
Toni Kroos’ future has been up in the air for quite some time, and the 24-year old midfielder still hasn’t penned a new deal in Bavaria, giving United a glimmer of hope. He’d certainly cost somewhere upwards of £30m despite only having twelve months left on his contract, because Bayern Munich are desperate to keep hold of one of the best playmakers in world football.
Marco Reus’ contract situation is also an interesting one. The winger has an £30m release clause penned in his deal that only becomes active in 2015, and although Dortmund have offered him a bigger wage on a new deal to get rid of the clause, the 24-year old remained coy on his future when quizzed on Tuesday.
Third, and in my view the most important of the three is Mats Hummels. United’s back four is going to get a complete overhaul this summer, and every good back line needs experience. Although just 25, Hummels has an abundance of experience playing at the highest level. He’s been the mainstay of the Dortmund defence that managed to dethrone Bayern Munich in consecutive seasons, but like Reus could be tempted to move on due to the fact that Dortmund seemingly lose all their best players.
If we could sign all three, plus Luke Shaw we’d certainly become title contenders again. Although its a big ask, United have to try at least, despite their task becoming instantly harder due to it being a World Cup year.
Of the three, who’d be the most important signing for Manchester United? Kroos, Reus or Hummels? Leave your answer in the comment box below.