Now that Louis van Gaal‘s announcement has been officially confirmed by Manchester United, attention has turned towards the transfer market.
With the World Cup starting in less than a month, United will no doubt be keen to wrap up signings before the tournament begins if at all possible.
It is crucial that United don’t repeat the errors of last season and in a summer where we need to spend big, plenty of numbers have been banded around by the press as to what Van Gaal’s budget might be.
De Telegraaf have today followed up on their claims and reported that Van Gaal will have €100 million to spend on players. It is the same figure they have reported throughout their coverage of the Van Gaal to United story, which started back in April, and seeing as they were first to break the story linking him with United, they certainly have some credibility.
It is not as much as most United fans would have hoped for but combined with the wages freed up by Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and potentially some others, there is certain to be a big pot for Van Gaal to dip in this summer.
De Telegraaf also believe Van Gaal would only have been interested in signing Kevin Strootman from the Holland team and has no interest in any player from his international squad. Instead, Van Gaal will focus on bringing in players from the Bundesliga.
Whether Van Gaal’s budget is €100m or €150m, this summer is going to be exciting because surely United are going to bring in some more genuinely world class players like Juan Mata.