Manchester United have been surprisingly quiet during the January transfer window, especially considering their unimpressive form this season, but it is being reported that they are pushing for two major signings before the window slams shut.
Van Gaal has identified two positions that need strengthening and it is being reported that the club is making an effort to sign these players to boost their Champions League and title ambitions in the tail end of the season. There has been no significant activity from the club in the January transfer window, but all that could change if they manage to pull off these two last minute signings.
Sanches from Benfica
Manchester United have been linked with the 18-year-old Portugese holding midfielder for almost the entire winter transfer window, but his release clause of 58.8 million pounds is seen as a big problem that the Red Devils must deal with if they want to bring in the player.
On Sunday, Portugese publication O Jogo reported that the club were in advanced talks with Primeira League club S.L. Benfica for Sanches and a figure of 30 million pounds is being mentioned. Although this looks like a tough deal to pull off at the last minute, it could be that a big move is in the works.
Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow
Musa is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Southampton and Leicester City, according to The Mirror. The 23-year-old Nigerian forward is the captain of the national side and has a tally of 10 goals in 29 appearances for his club this season.
Musa is a versatile player and can play in a number of positions, including as a winger, striker and attacking midfielder. It is believed that this is one of the reasons why Van Gaal is interested in him and is reportedly lining up a bid to land the player, although they would have to come close to his 22.8 million pound release clause