Angel Di Maria, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind to Manchester United?


Aug 7, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Real Madrid midfielder Angel Di Maria (22) is greeted by a fan at the end of the game against Chelsea of the International Champions Cup Championship finals at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Louis Van Gaal is looking to add more signings as he prepares to launch bids for Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo which could cost the club £80 million.

United have been relatively quiet in the transfer window, signing two players in Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera for a combined fee of £56m.

Van Gaal has hinted plenty of times that he wants to bring players to the club who want to play for him and at the moment that seems hard to come by.

The seventh placed finish in the Premier League last year has not helped and with chief executive Ed Woodward still failing to deliver, fans are becoming increasingly worried.

Real Madrid beat Sevilla 2-0 in the Super Cup last night and reports are suggesting United’s board held talks with Madrid about a possible £51m transfer of Di Maria.

A key player for Madrid last season, the Argentine has found himself down the pecking order after James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos arrived at the Bernabeu this summer.

Deployed in a central midfield role last campaign, Di Maria favours a wide position and can give Van Gaal plenty of options should he arrive at Old Trafford.

A stumbling block is the lack of Champions League football, and with Di Maria not convinced so far, a move to PSG could still be on the cards even though the French champions have admitted his price tag is too much.

Looking at another Argentine, Rojo has been heavily linked to United after he refused to train with Sporting Lisbon in order to force through a move.

The defender played in most of Argentina’s World Cup campaign and was solid at left-back. However, questions have been raised about his ability in the central defence position and should he sign it would be interesting to see where he plays.

Luke Shaw seems the best suited to the wide role with his pace and assurance to cover ground for 90 minutes, but with his latest injury United need cover in all areas ahead of a difficult season.

Rojo would be a good signing with youth on his side and should he start in a back three he could become a key player. A bid of £15-20m would be enough for the Portuguese side.

Last but not least, Daley Blind. The versatile 24 year-old was named Ajax player of the year and judging by his assists in the World Cup it’s hard to disagree.

Deployed as a left-back and defensive midfielder, Blind would be an ideal fit to a United side that lacks multi-positional players.

Owen Hargreaves, Quinton Fortune and John O’Shea are past players who were used in a variety of ways. It would offer Van Gaal the chance to experiment should he change his formation and it would provide good competition for players such as Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick and Luke Shaw.

Ajax are not looking to sell but with Van Gaal knowing the Dutch international very well, it wouldn’t be hard to persuade the player to fly overseas to discuss a move.

Other options that United should consider are Nigel De Jong and Juan Cuadrado.

De Jong has played in England with Manchester City and was pretty successful in his holding role. He played for Netherlands during the summer’s World Cup and kept Lionel Messi quiet in the semi-final – which they lost on penalties.

He currently plays for AC Milan and a bid of £8m could see the midfielder move to Old Trafford and bring that stability which is needed in front of the defence with Carrick out injured.

Cuardado, 26, is another player linked to United. After a successful World Cup with Colombia, the winger also enjoyed a good campaign with Fiorentina last season.

Rafael has already picked up injuries while Antonio Valencia is learning his new role. Cuadrado has previously played right wing-back and he would be suited to the style of England with the attacking play and his pace a regular threat.

Barcelona are the latest team to question his price tag along with United, who should make a move in the next week if anything is to happen.