There is a massive rebuilding task ahead for Louis van Gaal and although he is to be given an estimated £220 million ‘warchest’, the question is on who it will be spent?
Spanish newspaper Marca reports that Manchester United are planning a spending spree in La Liga, in which they have targeted three players of high quality.
The three names mentioned are Atletico Madrid duo Koke and Miranda, along with Barcelona and former Arsenal Captain Cesc Fabregas.
Having originally targeted high profile players in the Bundesliga, at former club Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, it seems United are altering their transfer plans.
Perhaps they may decide to renew their interest in Fabregas after today, considering he has reportedly been told to find another club and won’t be part of Luis Enrique’s plans next season.
Also working in Manchester United’s favour is the fact that rivals Manchester City are most likely not going to bid unless Yaya Toure decides to leave and Arsenal are set to turn down the chance.
It really comes down to whether Fabregas’ emotional ties to Arsenal will stop him moving to another Premier League club.
As for Koke, he has already expressed his desire and expectation that he will be playing at the Vicente Valderon next season, although there is talk that Barcelona want him to replace Fabregas.
Finally, Miranda is an interesting one, as I get the feeling that he is not seen as unsellable at Atletico Madrid like Kokeis this summer.
He has been an integral part of Simeone’s water-tight defence but as I have said before Atletico have debt that they need to reduce and the only way they can is through player sales.
Out of the three linked players, the one I see with the most chance of success is Miranda. He would be an outstanding defensive purchase, with a style that suits the English game.