Madrid - Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hinted
the club may be pursuing Real Madrid's Spain defender Sergio Ramos and could
also sign a "surprise" striker.
There has been media speculation in recent weeks that the 29-year-old
Ramos, who has two years left on his Real contract, could join United as part
of a swap deal, with his Spain team mate and goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, going
the other way.
United have also been linked with a bid for Barcelona's
Spain forward Pedro and Bayern Munich's Germany forward Thomas Mueller as Van
Gaal looks to revitalise the squad after a disappointing 2014-15 campaign.
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Pedro, 27, no longer commands a regular spot in Barca's
starting lineup following the arrival of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, while the
25-year-old Mueller is said to be unhappy with Bayern coach Pep Guardiola's
"I cannot talk about these rumours," Van Gaal said
when asked about Ramos at a news conference on the club's North American tour.
"I have said in a lot of press conferences that it's a
process," added the Dutchman. "Maybe Mr Ramos is in the process...
you never know."
Van Gaal said the club could buy a striker but cautioned
that it was not a player that had been written about in the media.
"You have to wait and see," he told reporters.
"The transfer period is open until Sept. 1 so we have to wait."For
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