Manchester United have already agreed three summer deals, says report

Manchester United have already agreed to three deals for the summer, according to The Daily Mail.

Reporter Mike Keegan tweeted: “Told tonight United have already agreed three deals for the summer. No names mentioned but it’s looking like a better structured window.”

While the names of the three players are unknown, speculation is the deals in place are for: Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay and Athletic Bilbao center-back Aymeric Laporte.

Clyne has repeatedly turned down contract extensions at Southampton and has been heavily-linked with a switch to Old Trafford. The 23-year-old England international currently earns £25,000 a week, with his contract at St Mary’s set to expire in June 2016.

The full-back has been a permanent fixture in manager Ronald Koeman’s back-four which currently boasts the Premier League’s best defense.

Memphis Depay sparked a social media storm earlier this week when the PSV Eindhoven winger ‘favorited’ a tweet linking him with a move to Manchester United.

The 21-year-old would quickly remove the activity from his Twitter account. But it instantly raised questions about the young player’s future in Holland.

Depay has been labeled “the Dutch Ronaldo”, and has also drawn comparisons to Holland international teammate Arjen Robben.

In February, PSV manager Phillip Cocu admitted Depay would leave the club in the summer, and most agree a reunion with Louis van Gaal (his former Dutch national team coach) is likely to happen.

The winger is rated at £15 million and has hit 21 goals in just 31 games for club and country this season. He has also created 40 chances, made 37 key passes and notched three assists for PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.

Aymeric Laporte has been heavily-tracked by United for the past two seasons and was close to agreeing to a January switch from Athletic Bilbao before electing to finish out the season with the Basque club.

With Bilbao eliminated from Europe and likely to miss out on the competition again next season, the defender finally appears to be ready to trade the new San Mames for the Theatre of Dreams.

The France international is one of the hottest young properties in football, and has a buy-out clause of £34 million with Bilbao.

The situation between United and Laporte shares similarities to the one which saw former-Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera join the English club last summer, after having his January 2014 transfer fall apart during the dying hours of the winter window.

United manager Louis van Gaal will reportedly be given an additional £150 million this summer to continue his rebuilding project, with the Dutchman also targeting a defensive enforcer and more attacking options.

Programming note: Manchester United vs. Tottenham will be shown LIVE on Sunday starting at 12:00pm EST on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

 

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