Social media sparked into life last week when Daily Mail and former MEN reporter Mike Keegan tweeted Manchester United had three deals reportedly agreed for the summer transfer window already.
After spending £150m on new recruits last summer and a further £37m on Juan Mata just a short time before that, the club are being linked with a similar spending spree this summer as Louis van Gaal tries to make the club a Premier League force once again.
Whilst the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are constantly linked with a move, or a return in the latter’s case, to Old Trafford, it is highly unlikely deals like that would be agreed in March but United have been linked with plenty of other players.
A move for AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman appears to be less likely given the recurrence of his latest knee injury, so United could turn to another former player in Paul Pogba this summer. However, it is another player from Serie A that is catching the eye in the form of Palermo’s Paulo Dybala.
Club president Maurizio Zamparini has already said the hotshot striker will leave the club in the summer and also claimed in January that United were heavily interested in the Argentine. Zamparini may have changed his tone by then insisting Dybala will stay but with such an emphasis on keeping his future in the press, there are plenty of mixed messages coming from Palermo’s board.
Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne has also been extensively linked to the point where it appears almost impossible for it not to happen, almost similar to the rumours surrounding his former team mate Luke Shaw this time last year. With Rafael out of favour, right-back will surely be a priority this summer and Clyne appears to be the number one target.
Nigel de Jong could be another of the players who has agreed a deal in the literal sense given his contract with AC Milan expires in three months time. Van Gaal is familiar with his qualities given they worked together at last summer’s World Cup and the new boss may not be able to turn down the opportunity to bring in an experienced midfielder for next to nothing. The midfielder also claimed last summer he was ‘proud’ to be linked with a move to Old Trafford.
De Jong’s international team mate Memphis Depay could also be another man who knows he is on his way to Manchester. Van Gaal brought the winger to the attention of the world in Brazil last summer and the youngster certainly didn’t appear overawed by his surroundings.
It would be quite a coup to bring Depay to Old Trafford given he has his pick of teams but it appears PSV are more willing to sell and Van Gaal’s existing relationship with the player could be crucial in securing a deal to bring him to United.
The final, and perhaps the most under the radar name, is Danny Ings. The Burnley striker has gone about his business quietly this season and it seemed certain in January he would join Liverpool. Ings is another one who is out of contract and unlikely to stay at his current club, he was even linked to go and join David Moyes in Spain this summer.
At just 22, Ings’ best years are ahead of him and with United looking for a striker, a free transfer would cover that aspect and leave big money available to bring in top targets in midfield and defence.