Manchester United are in advanced negotiations with Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne and are close to announcing an £18m deal, reports The Sunday Times.
The reports also say a deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan is in place to bring the German midfielder to Old Trafford and quickly follow in Memphis Depay‘s footsteps.
Right-back and central midfield are positions where Man United need to strengthen this summer and both players in question have been heavily linked with moves this year.
Claims from The Sunday Times in regards to Gundogan come only a day after Dortmund said they had not agreed a deal with any club over his future.
As for Clyne, Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has previously confirmed the club is currently waiting to hear his final decision about his future and whether he wants to leave, so there is every chance they have been in negotiations behind the scene if he does decide he wants a summer exit.
United’s hand was forced with Depay by Paris St Germain and Louis van Gaal moved swiftly to secure the Dutch winger but although that may have been an isolated incident, it could also be indicative of a different approach this year in the transfer window.
Securing deals early is best practice for any club and Van Gaal will no doubt want as long as possible to have his new players settled at the club before the pre-season tour.
It was what Sir Alex Ferguson aimed to do every year and it helped United avoid deadline day scrambles, something which Van Gaal will certainly be keen to avoid a repeat of after last summer’s escapade.
If Clyne and Gundogan were to join, that would be three quality, young signing in positions where United need to strengthen and fans would definitely be happy with that.