Manchester United are working on separate deals, all extremely ambitious, for Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Neymar.
This is according to The Times, who understand United are concerned that the demands of the Premier League provide the biggest obstacle in the way of signing one of the world superstars.
It’s added that United have put in “considerable groundwork” to land one of the big-name stars while they “are continuing to monitor developments” regarding Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
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The Red Devils have the financial power to offer the stars the astronomical wages they would inevitably demand but fear the trio will opt to stay in La Liga, where it’s been more common for players to score 40-plus goals a season in recent years.
Moving to the Premier League - arguably a more intense and competitive league than Spain’s top flight - would run the risk of the players scoring fewer goals which could subsequently diminish their prospects of winning the Ballon d’Or.
“They know if they play in La Liga they can score 40 or more goals, but in the Premier League you’re probably looking at 20 to 25,” a senior United source was quoted as saying by The Times.
Is Ed Woodward wasting his time?
This could be the reason why Real Madrid’s Ronaldo opts to join Paris Saint-Germain over the Red Devils in the near future. The Portuguese forward is likely to find himself two-down on Lionel Messi in terms of Ballon d’Ors won in January, but may stand a better chance of adding a fourth Ballon d’Or to his collection by joining PSG, who have never won the Champions League before, over United.
United would stand a decent chance of signing Bale if the Wales international decides to leave the Bernabeu. However, 26-year-old is determined to succeed in La Liga and has no plans to return to England just yet.
Neymar, meanwhile, is playing well at Barcelona and is expected to put pen-to-paper on a new contract at the Camp Nou.
Manchester United fans: is Ed Woodward wasting his time yet again? Have your say by leaving a comment below.