Manchester United have finally settled on a hugely expensive transfer policy which they think will give Louis van Gaal everything he needs to make the Red Devils a major force once again - sign world-class 'Galaticos' every summer like Real Madrid have done for pretty much the last decade.
Madrid fans now expect to see at least one blockbuster transfer go through every summer, whether they win La Liga, the Champions League or otherwise.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been followed to the Bernabeu by Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez over the last two years to keep the team moving forward and the tills ringing with new shirt sales, a business plan United see as the perfect fit for the start of a new era at the Theatre of Dreams.
£150m budget to go again next summer
United fans saw the first stage of that strategy fall into place earlier this year, with Van Gaal spending a club-record £150m on the likes of Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind.
Defensive additions were snubbed in a recruitment drive which was clearly influenced by events in the Spanish capital, with that top players that can have an immediate impact on the first-team are the only signings worth chasing.
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Strootman & Hummels among those targeted
The Manchester Evening News has today reported that Van Gaal will have exactly the same amount of money to spend at the end of the season if he so chooses, which would take United's outlay on transfer fees since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down in 2012 beyond an eye-watering £360 million.
Kevin Strootman, Mats Hummels and co. may be long-term transfer targets, but United clearly have to strike a balance between making suitable additions and keeping their current first-team stars happy.
Madrid have found doing so notoriously difficult in recent years and lost the likes of Mesut Ozil, Gonzalo Higuain and Xabi Alonso as a result, United cannot afford to do the same.
Earning an instant return to the Champions League is an absolute necessity for United's plan to work, so the pressure is now on for Van Gaal to deliver before getting stuck in when it comes to the transfer market once again next summer.
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