File this under “Improbable”: The Guardian is reporting that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is unlikely to sign anyone in the January transfer window.
This fine print says, “unless a key target becomes available,” and those players are more readily available when a club like Manchester United is seemingly willing to take on any transfer fee and wage.
The report zeroes in on AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, who has been out of action since a Spring injury cost the Netherlands international a World Cup appearance under van Gaal. It says Manchester United executives believe he won’t be available until the summer.
But could van Gaal really be willing to roll with what he’s got at defense into May, especially with the fierce competition for European spots and realistic shot at making a run via Cup competition? Could developing Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair really be the reward he’s hoping to reap?
As reported in the Guardian in September, the club have made a sizeable war chest available to Van Gaal should he wish to move in January – but the 63-year-old is encouraged by the progress of the squad as it stands, so any recruitment after Christmas is now being viewed as unlikely.
So no Ron Vlaar? Nothing? Or is this just sly talk?
I would be shocked, even given this story, if Manchester United doesn’t bring in a minimum of one defender in January, whether it’s their most beloved target or not.