Manchester United are planning a colossal £200million summer spending spree as the club look to reinforce their ageing and under-performing squad, with Luke Shaw, Toni Kroos, William Carvalho and IIkay Gundogan primarily on the Red Devils’ radar.
United could also rake in a significant amount of money in transfer fees, with the club set for a massive clear-out.
With captain Nemanja Vidic, who has already agreed to join Inter Milan, while Shinji Kagawa, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Javier Hernandez, Nani, Anderson and Wilfried Zaha could also be on their way out, a reckless summer spending won’t be a eschewable.
David Moyes’ side are languishing in seventh place in the Premier League in a dismal first season under their new manager.
United are 15 points off the top and 10 points off fourth-placed Arsenal with Champions League football unlikely next season unless they win this year’s competition, and a daunting quarter-final first-leg against holders and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich is up next for the struggling defending
Premier League Champions on Tuesday at Old Trafford.
However bosses at the club believe not playing in the Champions League could strengthen their title bid next season with the club aiming to win a fourth
European Cup in the next five years.
United reportedly have £100 million to spend up front and another £100 million available for next year – with transfer deals usually only paid 50% up front.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Southampton left-back Shaw, Borussia Dortmund midfielder IIkay Gundogan and Bayern midfielder Kroos, whom the German club have refused to meet his wage demands are prime targets.
Discussions have also been held with Sporting Lisbon over defensive midfielder Carvalho, though United are unwilling to meet his £37 million buy-out clause.