Manchester United are so desperate to add star quality to their squad before the transfer window slams shut that they are prepared to spend an incredible £125m on world-class trio Arturo Vidal, Angel di Maria and Mehdi Benatia.
That is according to Metro, who cite the Express in a report which claims that United are still working hard to sign the players Louis van Gaal has identified as capable of significantly improving his squad ahead of a debut campaign in charge at Old Trafford.
Red Devils fans would love the speculation to end over much-needed additions and ideally before next Saturday's opening day showdown with Swansea City, but patience is likely to remain a virtue considering the calibre of players United are chasing.
The player United have chased all summer long is Juventus midfield maestro, but a lofty £40m valuation of the Chilean international by his current club has stalled early progress in talks between the Red Devils and his representative Fernando Felicevich.
Vidal quite surprisingly joined Juve on their pre-season tour of Indonesia earlier this week, but United are still in discussions with Felicevich and will chase a deal that could go right to the wire.
Di Maria latest
There's been far more progress in terms of the chase for Real Madrid superstar Angel di Maria, but it will take a club-record £55m for United to land the Argentine playmaker.
Di Maria looks surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu thanks to Madrid's summer moves for Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, with the path clear for United to make an offer after Paris Saint-Germain ended their interest 26-year-old due to his lofty price tag.
What about Benatia?
United have also been consistently linked with an audacious £40m swoop for electric Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado, but it looks like Van Gaal has prioritised the signing of a central defender over that purchase and now wants to sign Roma stopper Mehdi Benatia.
Benatia has become a priority target with Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen on the verge of a £15m move to Barcelona.
Roma won't sell for a penny less than £30m though, with United learning once again this summer that quality players are only available at a premium in the modern age as their chase for fresh additions enters its final few weeks.
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