Louis van Gaal.

Manchester United want to sign Ballon d'Or contender next summer

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Manchester United fans were not happy following their side's 0-0 stalemate against West Ham United on Saturday so the public relations team had a big job on their hands to get them on side once again.

Yes, the Old Trafford propaganda machine was well and truly switched on following the bore draw, and Sunday's newspapers are littered with transfer reports from supposed "Manchester United sources".

These sources have one aim and one aim only, to distract fans from their on-pitch woes and get them excited about the future. The best way to do that is to release a huge transfer story and that is exactly what the Mirror has delivered.


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One of those "Manchester United sources" has told journalist Simon Mullock that the Red Devils have their eyes firmly set on a massive signing next summer.

The names mentioned are the usual suspects; Real Madrid pair Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are joined by Barcelona's Neymar on Van Gaal's wish list.

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Exceptional money

All three would cost an exceptional amount of money with the 30-year-old Ronaldo coming cheapest at £60million. Both Bale and Neymar would likely become the first player to cost over £100million if they moved to Old Trafford.

“A club like Manchester United must have a player who will be in the top 10 on the list to win the Ballon d’Or” – Old Trafford source.

But money is not a problem for Manchester United, of course. They have the strongest commercial income of any football club in the world and could fund a world-record move if given the chance.


Big problem

The biggest problem, as Ed Woodward has found in trying to sign Neymar last summer, is convincing the world's best players to come to Old Trafford.

They are hardly playing scintillating football at the moment and have almost no chance of competing for the prize these players want, the Champions League.

Although they can offer the biggest wages, their inability to match the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich has left them unable to attract the very best talent.

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