Manchester United Close In On £50m Defensive Trio As Louis Van Gaal Splashes The Cash

New United boss spends big on new-look defence.

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Manchester United could be close to unveiling a new-look back four this season with manager Louis van Gaal working on deals for three top-class defensive signings, according to various sources.

The Red Devils have seen big names such as Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra leave Old Trafford this summer after long careers with the club, and while van Gaal himself will have a difficult enough job replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, he has also been tasked with ushering in a new generation of players.

Still, the Dutchman seems to have found three superb signings to bolster his defensive options, with around £50m likely to be spent on bringing in these new additions at the back.

3) Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal)

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Manchester United remain firmly in the hunt for in-demand Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, despite interest from Barcelona and a desire from the Gunners to sell their captain abroad if possible. Still, talks remain ongoing and the Red Devils are hoping to tie up a deal for the £10m-rated Belgian international, whose aggression and leadership at the back make him an ideal like-for-like replacement for the departing Nemanja Vidic.

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