Manchester United are seriously considering a fresh move for Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben, despite knowing any deal for the experienced Dutch international would cost no less than £40 million.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has a tremendous working relationship with Robben and has made little secret of his admiration for one of European football's most consistent performers, which means fresh transfer speculation should come as little surprise.
The Guardian believe that United chiefs have decided to arm Van Gaal with a massive transfer budget of around £150m next summer, with Robben on a small shortlist of world-class players the club believe can significantly improve their star-studded squad next season.
Age not a concern for Van Gaal
Robben's unique mix of pace, strength and a lethal left foot has helped him enjoy a glittering career at both club and international level, qualities which means Van Gaal is willing to spend big on one of his favourite players despite the 30-year-old approaching the autumn of his career to put it nicely.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid star will turn 31 in January and still has two and a half years left on his current contract at Bayern, but Van Gaal is willing to overlook those negatives because he feels Robben still has at least two more top seasons at the very highest level left in him.
Does Robben have unfinished business in the Premier League?
United are ready to follow Real Madrid's galatico model when it comes to recruitment, with plans to buy at least one new centre-back, right-back, midfielder, wide man and if available a striker next summer.
Robben would certainly fit the bill in terms of landing a pacy winger that could stretch games for the Red Devils, with Premier League experience to boot.
Despite winning the title with Chelsea a three-year stint at Stamford Bridge was something of a relative disappointment though, with Robben failing to build on a blistering start to life in West London thanks to injury problems amongst other factors.
Big price tag could persuade Bayern to sell
Van Gaal will hope he can persuade the 86-cap international that he has a score to settle in England before he finishes a tremendous career, although getting Bayern to sanction his exit would be another challenge altogether.
Bayern's star performer already has six goals in just nine Bundesliga games this season, but a whopping offer may be too good for even Pep Guardiola's side to turn down given the senior figure's age when you consider their vast array of attacking talent.
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