Manchester United To Fund Kevin Strootman Signing With £65m Clearout: Van Gaal To Axe Five First-Teamers

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Red Devils boss to cull five in expensive midfielder deal.Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has identified five players that could make way to raise around £65m in transfer funds to help bring in AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman.

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The Red Devils were busy in the summer transfer window, with new manager van Gaal overseeing a major squad overhaul with a number of big names coming in and going out.

The likes of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao have been brought to Old Trafford by the Dutchman, who is now focusing his attention on his fellow countryman Strootman, a favourite of his during his time in charge of the Netherlands national team.

However, the 24-year-old will not come cheap, and United may have to fork out as much as £60m to bring him to the Premier League, with player sales needed before this move can be concluded in January.

Below are the five names selected by van Gaal to make way:

5) Juan Mata (£24m)

One of the biggest names in the firing line for United, Juan Mata could be offloaded to either Juventus or Atletico Madrid in a bid to raise around £24m in transfer funds. The Spanish playmaker has not been at his best since moving to Old Trafford from Chelsea in January, with van Gaal willing to let him go in the near future as he eyes signings in other key areas of the pitch.

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