Ed Woodward's comments that filtered through overnight from Manchester United's tour of America will be music to the ears of the club's fans.

The much maligned executive vice-president has got quite a lot wrong during his short stint at the club already - but is doing his best to fight back with a battle cry as the serious transfer business gets underway with the World Cup done and dusted.

“The reality is that we’re not afraid of spending significant amounts of money in the transfer market. Whether it’s a record or not doesn’t really resonate with us. What resonates is an elite player that the manager wants who is going to be a star for Manchester United.”

You heard him right - Manchester United would be more than happy to set a new record for the highest transfer fee paid for a single player this summer. 

That means they are willing to pay more than the £86 million that Real Madrid forked out for Gareth Bale last year. That's made all the more remarkable when you consider that their current record stands at £37.1 million - the fee they paid for Juan Mata - which they could now in theory more than double.

Now, there are only a small handful of players in the world worth more than that figure - and they are the true elite of the world game.

But according to Woodward at least, Manchester United can afford to land any of them - so let's see who they are shall we?

Click 'Begin Slideshow' below to check out the five players Manchester United could sign for a world record transfer fee!

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