The paper reports that Tottenham’s Luka Modric, Lille’s Eden Hazard and Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente are all on the Old Trafford outfit’s radar, with Ferguson being handed the funds to go into the market and spend big in order to compete with rivals Manchester City both at home and in Europe.
Llorente caught Ferguson’s eye during Bilbao’s Europa League victories over the Red Devils, scoring in each leg to help his side progress to the quarter final stage of the competition.
Ferguson has been to watch Hazard in action this season, as has Tottenham managr Harry Redknapp and Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, with all three declaring their interest in the 21-year-old.
Interest in these three targets pits them in a battle with title rivals Manchester City, who have been heavily linked with moves for Modric and Hazard at the end of the season.
Mancini has spoken publicly of his admiration for both players in the past, and is expected to enter a fierce tussle for Hazard with United, Tottenham and Chelsea amongst others come the end of the season.
Manchester United’s transfer market raid could also spell trouble for Tottenham, who have shown an interest in Llorente previously.
Modric’s future at Tottenham appears uncertain after Spurs boss Harry Redknapp revealed last week that he didn’t know if the Croatian would be at the club beyond the end of the current season.
Spurs turned down a £40 million bid from Chelsea last season but expect more suitors to come knocking this summer, while news of Manchester United’s willingness to splash the cash could spell trouble in their pursuit of Hazard.