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Manchester United chase Sneijder, Rodriguez, Cuadrado, Filipe, Blind

Jul 10, 2014, 8:32 AM EDT


Okay, now that Holland’s hopes of winning the World Cup are officially over, it’s about time the rumor mill started to churn out a plethora of transfer targets that news Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is chasing.

The tabloids haven’t disappointed.

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Just hours after LVG’s Netherlands side were knocked out of the World Cup on penalties, reports have been flooding in about United’s new manager signing a plethora of players for the Old Trafford club.

Let’s round them up and give you all the details as van Gaal will join the Red Devils on their tour of the USA in a few weeks.

Seems like he may have a few new players alongside him if these rumors are anything to go by.

  • Wesley Sneijder from Galatasaray for $30 millionAccording to the Sun, Sneijder has a release clause in his contract which United could activate if they want the Dutch playmaker. Sneijder, 30, was a key part of van Gaal’s Dutch team and despite missing a crucial penalty in the semifinal shootout vs. Argentina, the former Inter Milan, Ajax and Real Madrid star has bags of experience.
  • Daley Blind from Ajax The Manchester News has tabbed van Gaal with a move for another of his Dutch stars, as versatile Daley Blind is being earmarked for a switch to the PL. Blind can play left back and left wing, which would see him challenge new signing Luke Shaw for that position as Patrice Evra is set for a move to Juventus. 24-year-old Blind could leave Ajax this summer as he looks to kick on his career but after a superb World Cup, he could be pricey.
  • Ricardo Rodriguez from Wolfsburg – Another left back being linked with United is Switzerland international Ricardo Rodriguez, according to the The Times. The 21-year-old defender impressed at the World Cup and van Gaal is said to be desperate to give Shaw competition in that spot.
  • Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina – The 27-year-old Colombian winger is being linked with a switch to Old Trafford, after enjoying a superb World Cup with Los Cafeteros. Cuadrado has left the door wide-open for a move to United and after his superb displays this summer, why not? Read his comments on a potential switch to the Red Devils in the London Evening Standard.
  • Benfica youngsters Joao Filipe, Joao Virginia – Apparently Filipe is the new ‘Cristiano Ronaldo‘ and Virginia is a superb young ‘keeper. They are both just 15-years-old but the Daily Express claims that United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea are also chasing the Portuguese youngsters.

  1. andrewlayton2014 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Daley Blind is the captain of Ajax. Not sure how any soccer writer would not know that

    • Joe Prince-Wright - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      Ah yes, not sure what I was thinking there. Appreciate you flagging that up.

      Was reminiscing about a trip to Holland/Rotterdam in 2001 when writing the Blind rumor… Maybe that explains it!?

      Anyway, can you understand why United are chasing every left back known to man when they have already purchased Luke Shaw this summer?

      • darkorameses - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        Its surprising that they haven’t been rumored to sign Fabian Johnson. I know that he just signed a new deal, but even so he would still be cheaper than some of these other options.

        Do you really think Ricardo Rodriguez or Blind would accept a backup role? Whereas Johnson may accept not being the starter at LB because he plays a plethora of other positions well.

  2. andrewlayton2014 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    It makes zero sense and Blind won’t leave for a part-time job. Truthfully, Blind is a far superior player in every aspect of the game compared to Shaw.

    There are always rumors of Ajax players being sold….that said, they typically wait until the contract is nearly completed before they sell. I believe Blind is locked up for several years.

    • lordfletcher - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      to say he is superior in every way over Shaw is just plan laughable.

      Shaw could be the next big thing… worst case, he ends up being a quality starter in the EPL for a decade

      not knocking Blind as he is a quality player but I would be shocked if he ever equals Shaw

      • andrewlayton2014 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        Shaw is just another overrated, overpaid British product. He lacks Blind’s vision, strategic sense, leadership and passing ability. That pass that Blind dropped on Van Persie’s head against Spain is routine for him. Shaw could not make that pass in a game situation (no less the World Cup against the defending champions) in a million years. He is an above average defender but out of his depths in comparison to Blind.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        I’m not disagreeing that blind is a very solid player but he isn’t the second coming of Jesus Christ

        Isn’t blind 6 years older? Maybe give Shaw some time eh?

        I would like both on red devils!

  3. geejon - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Manchester United need another physical midfielder and centre back (or 2) what they don’t need are players like Sneijder and Cuadrado. Van Gaal isn’t stupid and knows this that’s why most of these names being associated with the team (or rumors of Cavani or other star centre forwards) are just people making stuff up and have no basis in logic or reality.

    • lordfletcher - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      agreed and with guys potentially (I say that loosely, who knows) coming in like Vidal, Cuadrado, Hummels?!?!, Alex Song, Stefan De Vrij and youth like Joao Filipe … I think it will end up being a great transfer window for the Red Devils!!!

  4. jucam1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Fabian Johnson to United?…. Unless he’s coming there for free or paying them to take him that is a joke. There is no US player ready, worthy, or capable of actually starting for a Top tier EPL team unless he’s a goal keep or German Julian Green is all of a sudden available. Man U is smart though, they could sign an unworthy US player for marketing reasons and barely shoe him the pitch in important contest. The US is up and coming, especially as JK keeps nationalizing real talent, but the team isn’t there yet. Let’s hope in 5-10 years one serious player makes it to the EPL that can actually make an impact.

    • geejon - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Fabian Johnson is as German as “German Julian Green” as you put it.

  5. jucam1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    I apologize, you are correct. In my ignorance I forgot just how much of this US team is made up of foreign born players that aren’t good enough to make it in to their nation’s team yet are solid starters for this USMT. Johnson can be the what he wants to be, but
    He’s just not good enough for Man U. That is all I am saying. I am sure he can be a huge star in the MLS

    • darkorameses - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      Wow, I cant remember the last time someone looked so ignorant! He doesn’t play in the MLS!!!! Hes a German!!!! Both things that you did not know, so why the heck are you commenting on him????????

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