Louis Van Gaal has finally conceded the size of the task that sits before him at Manchester United, and is preparing a £45 million double swoop for Arturo Vidal and Daley Blind, according to reports in the English press. Following United’s four-nil thrashing at the hands of MK Dons in the League Cup, the Dutchman is prepared to build upon his British record purchase of Angel di Maria.
The Real Madrid winger cost United £59.7 million earlier this week, but United are set to spend over £100 million in this the final week of the transfer window. After disappointing displays from the likes of Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa, Johnny Evans and Anderson in the Red Devils’ opening three games this year, the manager has identified the centre of midfield and the centre of defence as areas in desperate need of strengthening.
Vidal is a player with which United have been linked for much of the summer. The Chile international currently plays for Juventus and will cost the Premier League club upwards of £30 million. He has a problematic injury history, however, centring around recent concerns for his knee. Vidal’s fitness records had put Van Gaal off pursuing him, but reports suggest he is now prepared to take the risk.
In the case of Blind, the Dutch international has played under Van Gaal for the Netherlands side. He is expected to cost around £15 million, and can play in a number of defensive positions. Ajax, the team with which he currently plays, are said to be reluctant to sell their star performer, but would not stand in the player’s way should an appropriate offer be tabled by United.