Manchester United Transfer News: Bayer Leverkusen Trio Could Join in Summer

Hakan Calhanoglu is highly-rated by his club Bayer Leverkusen.
Turkey's Hakan Calhanoglu in Istanbul, November 17, 2015. Calhanoglu is a reported target for Manchester United. Burak Kara/Getty Images

Manchester United are seeking to rebuild for next season and may be looking to the Bundesliga for new recruits.

Whether United will be managed by Louis Van Gaal come the summer transfer window remains uncertain - though it is looking more likely that the Dutchman will stay.

But United is plowing ahead regardless in the transfer market. Bild , the German newspaper, claims the club has identified three targets from the country, all of whom play for Bayer Leverkusen.

Leverkusen, perennially a UEFA Champions League contender, is struggling this season, lying eighth in the Bundesliga and in freefall since Christmas.

According to Bild, the club's stalled progress means it could offload a trio of players, Omer Toprak, Karim Bellarabi and Hakan Calhanoglu.

Of those, Toprak, the defender, appears most likely. United has needed a replacement for Nemanja Vidic for two years, since the defender left at the end of the 2014 season. Chris Smalling has developed into a fine player, but he needs iron beside him.

Toprak, the Turkey international, could provide that. Calhanoglu, his Turkey teammate, is noted as a free kick specialist and an excellent passer of the ball, but his stock has fallen slightly this season as Leverkusen have struggled.

Still, if United is searching for a creator in the Mesut Ozil mould, it could do far worse. Calhanoglu has been linked before - Spanish publication Fichajes claimed in October that Calhanoglu would prefer a move to United ahead of Barcelona.

Bellarabi is more left-field - a talented winger yet inconsistent, frustratingly so - while United already has an exciting, home-grown prospect on the wing in the form of Englishman, Jesse Lingard.

Calhanoglu and Toprak, though, would certainly be worthwhile moves, and it is surely positive news for United fans that, regardless of its managerial situation, the club is looking to finalise its transfer plans before the summer begins.