Clearly, Louis van Gaal is not the sentimental type. First, the Holland boss substituted his goalkeeper on the brink of a penalty shootout. Now it looks like he’s willing to sell his nanny in order to improve his prospects as Manchester United manager. Well, his Nani, actually, but it’s all pretty much the same. Van Gaal will apparently use the Portugal winger as a makeweight in a deal for Arturo Vidal, the Chile midfielder valued at £40m by current side Juventus (Guardian).
And that’s just for starters. Van Gaal also has his beady eye on defensive reinforcements in the shape of Mats Hummels, the Borussia Dortmund centre-back, and Feyenoord’s Daryl Janmaat (Metro).
Should a move for Hummels fall through, United may try to pluck Thomas Vermaelen from Arsenal. That may not be too difficult, given that the Gunners appear to be looking the other way just now – specifically, at Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, Liverpool target Alexis Sánchez, and Mathieu Debuchy of Newcastle (Telegraph).
Southampton, meanwhile, are eager to replenish their ranks following recent transfer raids by Manchester United and Liverpool. New manager Ronald Koeman wants Pablo Armero, the Colombia and Udinese full-back (Mirror), and is also in the market for David Marshall, the Cardiff City goalkeeper (Mail).