Finding the quality replacements for Vidic and Rio Ferdinand is the first priority of Louis van Gaal and reportedly, Manchester United management is ready to make new bids for Thomas Vermaelen and Stefan De Vrij.
The departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic has left a big void in the central area of defence of Manchester United and signing at least one world class defender is the first priority of new boss Louis van Gaal now. And separate reports coming out of England have confirmed today that Stefan de Vrij and Thomas Vermaelen are the preferred targets of Van Gaal and Manchester United Vice President Ed Woodward.
Stefan de Vrij was the star performer of Holland national team in the World Cup and coach Louis van Gaal believes that the young Feyenoord defender is the ideal long term signing for the club.
English newspaper Daily Mirror has confirmed the increasing interest of Manchester United in the player today. Report of the Mirror claims that: “Stefan de Vrij is set to be Louis van Gaal’s first signing for Manchester United. De Vrij, the Holland centre-back, is refusing to sign for Lazio because he believes he will soon be reunited with Van Gaal at the Old Trafford giants. The Feyenoord star, 22, has been assured that Uthe Ducth boss is ready to sanction a £10million bid.”
Italian side SS Lazio has taken the lead in the chase of Stefan de Vrij as they have already submitted an offer of 7 million euros before the Feyenoord management. However, the presence of Louis van Gaal in the dug-out of Old Trafford is expected to play a key factor in deciding the future of De Vrij and Manchester United have good chances of getting their man if they act quickly to make a move for the player.
English newspaper Daily Star has claimed today that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he is already considering his next option as Thomas Vermaelen closes in on a move to Manchester United. Vermaelen has only one year left in his contract with Arsenal and both the parties are no way near agreeing the extension. Ed Woodward is very much aware of the current situation of Belgium international and he believes that an offer in the range of 11-12 million pounds would be enough to persuade the Arsenal management to part the ways with Vermaelen.
Another factor going in favor of Manchester United is the acceptance by Arsene Wenger himself that it is going to be very difficult to hold on to Vermaelen next summer. Wenger admitted recently that “I cannot guarantee he will stay, but should he go I would bring another centre-back in for sure.”