Louis van Gaal's 5 potential January transfer targets

Reuben Borah
Modified 08 Jan 2015
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The New Year is here, and it brings us to the favorite time of the season – The Transfer Window!Time and again, all we fans with opinions (everyone) become transfer market experts and want the best players to make it to the team sheet. It’s our very own fantasy time!This window has historically never been big on major signings, but the past few seasons have brought in a few surprises that lead us to believe anything is possible come January. (Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Fernando Torres, Daniel Sturridge amongst many others)LVG still hasn’t strengthened his defence the way he would like. There is that one main leader missing so far which is a slot he would want to fill in immediately. A good strong centre half who can also guide and lead the younger crop of players. The average age of United’s defense is currently 22 – and inexperienced to be honest.The current Van Gaal midfield has Carrick, Rooney, Fellaini, Herrera, Blind, Fletcher and Mata with each playing different roles depending on their selection. But what the gaffer lacks is that strong aggressive box to box midfielder who breaks play, controls the pace of the game and puts in those deadly long balls. While the current crop of players are good, let’s face it, they are not equipped to face the best in Europe.As Louis Van Gaal assesses his team performance from the last 6 months, there will be a few areas he would wish to strengthen to maintain his Top 4 position in the League and prepare for going against the big guns in the Champions League next season. Here are 5 players he would absolutely love to have. 

#1 Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)

The ever reliable centre-half from Germany has been in transfer speculation ever since he returned from a World Cup winning campaign. He was also named as one of the nominees for FIFA’s Golden Ball. The 26-year-old is being seriously looked at by the Woodward management as a suitable replacement for Vidic. Dortmund’s massacre of a campaign has only re-ignited his potential move.

Rumoured to be available for 35 million pounds, Hummels would be the perfect partner to a defender to who attacks the ball, similar to how Vidic and Ferdinand worked during their successful time. He would play the role to perfection sitting in as the last man in the defence. His ability to score from set plays are a bigger bonus. 

Currently, the captain of Dortmund still looks like he will stay till the summer trying to salvage their season. 

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Published 08 Jan 2015
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