Liverpool duo could leave as Man United close in on trio

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THE transfer window is hotting up, and new Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal could be about to embark on a spending spree.

Reports this morning suggest Van Gaal is closing on on a trio of signings as he looks to remodel his squad.

Inter Milan are willing to let Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin, 28, leave the club and join Man United, according to the Daily Star.

And United have also been given hope in their bid to sign £30m-rated Roma defender Mehdi Benatia, 27, but they face competition from Chelsea and Real Madrid, say the Daily Express.

But the Daily Mail reports United are ready to move for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, 28, and they are prepared to pay £15m to beat off competition from Barcelona. Daily Mail

Elsewhere, Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa’s future is under discussion again, while it’s quiet on the Sunderland front. However, Liverpool could lose a key duo this summer.

here’s a round-up of the rest of the main transfer rumours today:

Manchester City expect to complete the £32m signing of Porto’s France international defender Eliaquim Mangala, 23, by the weekend. Daily Mirror

Arsenal could step up their pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Douglas Costa, 23, after failing to land Porto’s Juan Quintero, 21. Daily Express

West Ham want Stoke’s former England striker Peter Crouch, 33 - but have baulked at the London club’s £3m asking price. Telegraph

A tearful Daniel Agger has begged Brendan Rodgers to let him leave Liverpool, with Barcelona the 29-year-old central defender’s likely destination. Daily Mirror

Real Madrid want to sign Chelsea goalkeepers Petr Cech, 32, and Thibaut Courtois, 22. Sun (subscription required)

Napoli boss Rafael Benitez will go back to former club Liverpool and try to sign midfielder Lucas Leiva, 27. Sun (subscription required)

Swansea are preparing to move for 25-year-old Napoli centre-back Federico Fernandez. Daily Mirror

Tottenham are ready to offer £9m and Nacer Chadli, 25, to land PSV’s Dutch winger Memphis Depay, 20. Daily Mail

Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, 27, is pondering a return to France this summer. Daily Star

West Brom manager Alan Irvine says he wants two or three more signings, despite the Baggies already having brought in eight players this summer. Birmingham Mail