Manchester United are ready to spend upwards of £100 million to sign Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria this summer.
The Daily Mail reports how the Premier League giants are currently preparing a £50 million bid for the Argentina international, and will also offer the same amount in wages in an attempt to lure the player to England.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is acutely aware that a lack of Champions League football this season makes it increasingly difficult to land his top transfer targets, and so must reward players financially to convince them to sign on at Old Trafford.
Di Maria stands to earn £200,000-per-week at Manchester United over a five year period, which will see his total earnings surpass £50 million.
The 26-year-old would move into the same wage bracket as the club's top earners Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, which would represent a handsome improvement on his current deal at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Van Gaal had made Di Maria his number one transfer priority and has told chief executive Ed Woodward in no uncertain terms to make the World Cup star a Manchester United player before the deadline on September 1.
The Dutch coach is also hoping to conclude business for a central defender and a holding midfielder, after the lack of depth in his first- team squad became apparent in Saturday's shock 2-1 defeat against Swansea City.
Manchester United had nine players unavailable through injury for the season opener at Old Trafford, but we're still expected to get Van Gaal's tenure off to a winning start against the Swans.
However, goals in each half from Ki Sung-yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson cancelled out Wayne Rooney's strike and earned Garry Monk's side all three points, drilling home the need for the Red Devils to strengthen further of they are challenge for Champions League placing in 2014/15.
The big money captures of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera have gone some way to making Manchester United more competitive, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. And, the fact that the former Southampton defender picked up a thigh injury in training last week - ruling him out for the opening month of the new season - Van Gaal's hand could be forced in the transfer market.
Ashley Young was deployed in an unfamiliar left wing-back position at the weekend, and was partly responsible for the conceding of Swansea's winning goal.
The former Aston Villa man was one of Manchester United's standout performers during the pre-season tour of the United States, but is clearly uncomfortable operating in that revised wide role.
Strength in numbers
A deal for Di Maria's international team-mate Marcos Rojo has been mooted, with the Sporting Lisbon able to play at centre-back and on the left side of defence.
The versatile star would increase competition for places in Van Gaal's back three, whilst also providing much needed back-up for Shaw on the left flank.
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