Manchester United have certainly sent signals out this summer that they want to invest heavily into a new squad for manager Louis van Gaal to work with.
The Red Devils missed out on a podium finish in the Premier League last season for the first time in their history. Dutch manager van Gaal has been brought in to repair the ship.
If Manchester United are to break back into that top four and qualification for UEFA Champions League football the side could do with a couple more signings to boost their chances.
Louis van Gaal’s side are actually third favourites to win the Premier League with Betfair and odds-on to finish in the top four. Many fans and journalists believe they need to add to their squad to justify those odds.
Here’s a look at five top players Manchester United continue to be linked with this summer.
Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
Talks of Arturo Vidal joining Manchester United from the back-to-back-to-back Italian Serie A champions Juventus will not go away. The Chilean international has been one of the best players in Italy over the past three seasons and last season fired in 11 league goals from midfield as well as a Champions League hat-trick. A box-to-box midfielder who would be considered an upgrade on any Manchester United midfielder from last season. Kevin Strootman has also been linked.
Ángel di María (Real Madrid)
With the 2014 Champions League winners signing James Rodríguez and Toni Kroos this summer, already have a midfielder full of world class players, playmaker Ángel di María has been strongly linked with a move away from Real Madrid. Manchester United are one of the potential suitors. Although they have Adnan Januzaj as high potential on the left wing, buying di María would hardly go a miss this summer.
Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)
Also linked with Barcelona, 2014 World Cup winning centre-back Mats Hummels has strongly been linked with a move to Old Trafford. Whilst it would seem unlikely to move out of the home of the world champions and Champions League football later this season to come to England and a team not in Europe, Manchester United may want to go out of their way to bring a top centre-back in to replace Nemanja Vidić and Rio Ferdinand who have both left since the end of last season. The Red Devils have also been linked with Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen.
Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord)
A right-sided centre-back linked to Manchester United is Stefan de Vrij. After a great World Cup with the Netherlands, the Feyenoord defender is widely expected to leave De Kuip for bigger things this summer. The 22-year old is strongly linked with joining his former national team coach at Old Trafford. An upgrade on Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans? Potentially.
William Carvalho (Sporting Club)
One player Manchester United didn’t have in their centre midfield last season was a strong physical presence in front of their back four. Marouane Fellaini was just clumsy. Arguably they haven’t had one for a couple of seasons with Michael Carrick a less physical defensive midfielder. Sporting Club’s William Carvalho has been tracked by Manchester United for a while now. Not only is he a powerful presence in the midfield but can pass a ball too.