Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is planning another summer of huge spending, with Paul Pogba and Dani Alves amongst his top targets according to the Daily Mail.
The Dutch boss splashed more than £150 million on the likes of Daley Blind and Angel di Maria last time round to speed up the rebuilding process following David Moyes' disastrous 10 months in charge of the club.
Much has been made of Van Gaal's decision to bring in a host of top stars rather than build on the club's tradition of bringing through youngsters, but it seems that he'll go for established stars once again when the season comes to an end in an attempt to replicate Real Madrid's 'Galacticos' policy.
The Daily Mail claims that Manchester United officials will hand Van Gaal £100 million-plus to buy new players if he guides the Red Devils to the Champions League, which he is well on course to do.
The paper reports that there are a host of top players across Europe that Van Gaal is taking a look at. Chief amongst his targets is Paul Pogba. The midfielder walked away from Old Trafford for free in 2012 and has gone on to be one of the best in his position in Europe - and with Manchester United in the market for a dynamic midfielder he could be on his way back in the summer.
Kevin Stootman is admired by Van Gaal and he remains an option, but a second serious knee operation has put the move in serious doubt.
Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels is another long-term target who will be pursued in the summer, while Memphis Depay of PSV is on his radar. Porto ace Danilo will be looked at as an option at right-back, but his £30 million target may be prohibitive. Dani Alves and Nathaniel Clyne are reportedly seen as more viable options.
Manchester United have taken a look at a move to try and bring Gareth Bale back to the Premier League, but he looks set to stay at the Bernabeu for at least another season.
Manchester United are making no bones about it, they're using their commercial might to haul themselves back into the European elite. It may not be very becoming but that's the way things are at Old Trafford these days.
Will it work? Well, Radamel Falcao is one of the most deadly strikers in Europe but has struggled, and so have Luke Shaw and Angel di Maria. Money isn't always the answer but at least Van Gaal appears to be looking at problem areas in his squad, namely in midfield and at centre-back.
At the end of the day fans will only care if Manchester United are winning, but there will surely be something a little soulless about buying their way back to the top rather than earning it.
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