Old Trafford boss looks to resolve defensive issues.
Man United boss Louis van Gaal is no doubt well aware of his side’s defensive inefficiencies and is now seemingly keen to throw some money at the problem.
The Old Trafford side have conceded nine goals in their opening six Premier League fixtures and have been reliant on young untried talents of late, with the Premier League side not adequately replacing veteran centre-back pair Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
The Daily Mirror claims that the Dutch boss is keen on Valencia Nicolás Otamendi, though the player’s £40m price-tag is sure to be one Man United wouldn’t be willing to cover.
The 26 year old cost Valencia around £10m in the summer so it’s hard to see how his valuation would quadruple so swiftly though a move to bring in Otamendi would perhaps be aided by the presence of his Argentine national team colleagues Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo.
Man United also continue to pursue Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, with the club’s continuing Bundesliga woes perhaps helping Louis van Gaal’s pursuit of the World Cup winner.
The 25 year old former Bayern Munich is valued at £30m and is arguably the ideal man to help solidify things at the back.
Having won back to back Bundesliga titles following his move to the Westfalenstadion it’s entirely plausible that Hummels will be considering his future at the club now that they are seemingly a country mile behind domestic rivals Bayern Munich.