Wasn't last summer supposed to be the one of seismic change at Old Trafford?
Sir Alex Ferguson had retired, David Moyes had come in, and Manchester United were set to spend big money to facilitate a seamless handover for the new boss.
But as we all know by now, the transition has been far from streamlined, and the Red Devils stand on the cusp of an even more significant summer both on and off the pitch.
A new manager is yet to be named following the axing of Moyes, although reports suggest that the job is almost certainly going to be Louis van Gaal's, per Dutch sources (h/t David McDonnell and Ben Burrows of the Mirror).
The current Netherlands national team boss has a huge rebuilding job to do at the club, so expect Old Trafford to become a hotbed of transfer activity in the offseason.
Naturally, rumours have started to emerge about who Van Gaal might target as he looks to shape his United team. Here's the lowdown on all of the most recent whispers regarding United transfers.
With Nemanja Vidic on his way out of Old Trafford this summer, it’s imperative that United bring in a centre-back with comparable presence and quality.
Hummels has been a lynchpin in Dortmund's recent renaissance under Jurgen Klopp. He is a dynamic, physical central defender but a player at complete ease with the ball at his feet. Playing almost as a libero, his ability to stride forward with the ball and play incisive passes into feet has been a patent of Dortmund’s vibrant style.
According to the piece, United would have to part with £30 million if they were to pick up the German international. But in truth, that'd be a shrewd investment for a player who, at 25 years old, could become a mainstay of the United back four for many years to come.
It's an opportunity that certainly may appeal to Hummels, too. With Bayern Munich streaks ahead of the rest in the Bundesliga, becoming a key man in a United revival may pose an intriguing new challenge.
Hummels has already won two league titles in Dortmund, and you have to wonder how much more this team can achieve, despite their wonderful manager and excellent players. If United can convince him to sign, it'd be a major coup.
Hummels is a player who would be vital to United's stylistic requirements under Van Gaal. If the Dutchman is going to be handed £100 million to bolster the squad as Mullock reports, then spending £30 million to land Hummels is an absolute must.
The 25-year-old has really caught the eye with some sensational displays this season and has been linked with a host of top clubs as we approach the summer window.
According to the Sunday People (h/t Metro), Liverpool have stolen a march on United in the race for his signature, with the Reds set to offer £50,000 per week in an attempt to lure Lallana to Anfield.
Lallana is a player who fits the classic United blueprint. He's young, he's English and he's improving. His displays of wonderful dribbling, intricate passing and clever movement are seldom found in English players, and it's understandable why he's red-hot property at the moment.
He told BT Sport after his side's 2-0 win over Everton on Saturday that he'll make a decision on his future in the summer:
Whilst he is a player with indisputable quality, is he what United need right now? Lallana's best position is playing off the striker in a roaming role, a position for which the Red Devils currently have Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa all vying.
Shelling out a reported £25 million on a position that's already well stocked just seems a little misguided. There are plenty of deficiencies in this United squad, but the attacking midfield positions are arguably the strongest area of it.
Schalke 04 left-back Sead Kolasinac has claimed he has had an offer from Manchester United.
The 18-year-old has been featuring regularly this season for the German outfit and looks likely to be a key part of Bosnia and Herzegovina's World Cup squad this summer in their first-ever major tournament.
Speaking to Bosnian newspaper Dnevni Avaz, Kolasinac stated that the Red Devils have already been in touch about a move, per Alex Richards in the Mirror.
"Yes, I have offer from Manchester United," he told the paper. "But, I will not hurry with the decision [over my future]. I have to see what Schalke think about it."
United's need for a left-back is paramount, with Patrice Evra's future still in doubt and little in terms of top-class cover.
The Red Devils have been regularly linked with a big-money move for Southampton’s Luke Shaw, per Dean Jones in the Mirror, but if that deal were to fall through, Kolasinac could be an excellent contingency plan.
He is a player who seems to learn game by game, and to nail down a first-team place for a Champions League side is no easy task, especially for one so young.
He's a mature player who would be a fine addition to United's squad, but he's not quite in the same bracket as Shaw. Surely a back-up option at this juncture.
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