Signing quality defenders is the first priority of Manchester United and the club is lining up two swap deals involving Mats Hummels and Thomas Vermaelen in coming days.
Defender duo of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand has left Manchester United this summer and signing world class replacements for them is the first target of new manager Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman has identified Hummels and Thomas Vermaelen as the two suitable for Manchester United.
Shinji Kagawa has struggled to find a regular game time at Manchester United and being aware of his desire to move on, the club management is ready to offer him to BVB. Portugal international Nani is also no more wanted by Louis van Gaal and United wants to exchange him with Thomas Vermaelen.
Reports coming from England have also confirmed the story of potential swap deals. Daily Express has claimed today that: “Express Sport understands Van Gaal is preparing two swap deals in order to land Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen and Dortmund star Mats Hummels. Van Gaal has not been impressed with Nani and will test the Gunners’ interest with a player-plus-cash offer.”
Manchester United do have the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones who play in the heart of defence but Louis van Gaal is not happy with their skill set and wants to add more quality and sees Mats Hummels and Thomas Vermaelen as the perfect candidates.
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermalen has only one year left in his contract and Arse Wenger himself has said earlier that it will be very difficult to keep the Belgian at Emirates Stadium next season. The Manchester United management is keeping the tabs on the situation of Vermalaen and they are expected to make an offer this week. United management is aware that Wenger is looking to sign more attackers and they are ready to offer Nani to Arsenal.
Like Nani, Shinji Kagawa has also struggled to maintain a regular place into the starting XI of Manchester United and the Japan international would welcome the idea of returning to his old club BVB. However, the situation of Mats Hummels is very complicated at the moment as Jurgen Klopp has claimed recently that he will not allow his star defender to join Manchester United. But Mnachester United management thinks that any move in the region of 35 million euros would be enough to tempt the BVB management to part their ways with Hummels.
Meanwhile, Manchester United is not the only club interested in Hummels and Vermaelen. Spanish giants FC Barcelona are also keeping a tab on the situation of both the players.