Manchester United’s future coffers have been handed a significant boost with the confirmation that Adidas will pay a record £750 million to make the clubs kit for 10 years beginning next season. The £75 million a year deal is a massive increase on the £23.5 million currently being paid by Nike.
Certainly new coach Louis van Gaal will be expecting to have significant funds to further enhance his squad in the transfer market. Following the end of the World Cup, the now former Netherlands coach is set to arrive for his first day in his new job on Wednesday. Spanish midfielder Andre Herrera and 19-year-old left-back Luke Shaw have already arrived for a combined outlay of close to £60 million, but more arrivals are expected as Van Gaal attempts to lead the club to a swift recovery from their failure to qualify for the Champions League last season.
Among the biggest names reportedly being pursued is Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal. United have been linked to the 27-year-old, who has played a major part in three consecutive Serie A titles for the Turin club, for some time. Recent rumors, however, claim that United are unwilling to exceed an offer of £35 million. For his part, Vidal has said that he remains relaxed about the situation as he recovers from his exploits in the World Cup with Chile.
“I’m not thinking of where I’m going to go, I want to take advantage of my holidays with the people I love,” he told Chilean website Chilevision, according to The Guardian. “Right now I’m thinking of other things. Afterwards, when I arrive in Italy, I’ll see.
“I’m already at a great team, Juventus, so I will be just as calm if the Manchester United option falls through.”
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Manchester United have also for some time been credited with an interest in Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani. The 27-year-old only moved to Paris Saint-Germain from Napoli a year ago for a fee of over £50 million, but has expressed his displeasure at having to play out wide due to the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Sky Sports has now reported their information that Cavani has instructed his agent to size up a prospective move to the Premier League. With the presence of Van Gaal’s Netherlands captain, Robin van Persie, and Wayne Rooney, a top-level striker would not appear a priority, although the future of Mexican forward Javier Hernández remains in doubt.
Van Gaal has resolved the future of Antonio Valencia, handing him a new three-year contract, but adding to the squad’s talent out wide is still likely to be a priority. Rumors have circled of late suggesting that Ángel di María is a major target. Spanish publication AS claims Real Madrid are looking to offload the Argentina international in order to fund a deal for Colombian sensation James Rodríguez. However, reports in Spain believe that Paris Saint-Germain are keen on a deal, although could be thwarted by their Financial Fair Play sanctions.
In what is sure to be a hectic few weeks for Van Gaal, he will also surely be looking to bolster the center of his defense following the departures of experienced duo Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen has long been perceived as a likely arrival, although The Daily Telegraph now reports that a transfer has been placed in jeopardy by the Gunners’ desire to have a Manchester United player move in the opposite direction. Chris Smalling, a target for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger when the defender was at Fulham, is mooted as a potential makeweight.