Manchester United’s priority in the summer transfer window will be to sign a new midfielder, Louis van Gaal has confirmed.
Despite signing six players for nearly £150m including Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera, van Gaal has been unable to find the right balance in a side full of creative players which he wants to remedy in the summer.
Money won’t be an issue for Man United thanks to the new £75m a year Adidas shirt sponsorship deal on top of already substantial revenues, so it will all be about player availability.
When asked if his priority was a new midfielder, van Gaal replied: “Of course, of course.
“I am looking for balance and I need balance in midfield. When I play with [Adnan] Januzaj and [Angel] Di Maria in the midfield positions, then you need a certain balance for that kind of creative player.
“So, when you have these creative players, and also [Radamel] Falcao and [Robin] van Persie are creative players, then you have four creative players and you have to look for balance in your team.”
What midfielders will be on United’s radar? The Peoples Person will be taking a look at some of the top candidates this week in a mini-series.