Manchester United will win the 2015-16 Premier League title, ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal, if they sign Real Madrid duo Raphael Varane and Gareth Bale plus Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.
This is according to BT Sport pundit Robbie Savage, who feels United require the three aforementioned stars to seal English football’s grand prize in a years’ time.
The Red Devils still have an outside chance of winning this season’s Premier League title - Louis van Gaal’s side can close the gap between themselves and Chelsea to six points by winning at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon - but Jose Mourinho’s team have a game in hand over both United and Arsenal, and are the overwhelming favourites to lift the trophy next month.
Do United need them?
United have been linked to Varane, Bale and Cavani over recent weeks - but which of them, if any, are actually needed at Old Trafford?
There’s an argument to suggest all three would walk straight into Manchester United’s first team, although on closer inspection that might not necessarily be the case.
United finally have a balanced team. Louis van Gaal has found his best starting line-up and it doesn’t feature three of the squad’s biggest names: Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie.
Falcao and Van Persie could both leave Old Trafford this summer - the former is almost certain to depart - and this leaves space for at least one quality striker to fill the void.
However, the man who replaces Falcao and, potentially, Van Persie will need to be content playing second-fiddle to club captain Wayne Rooney, whose best position is clearly at centre-forward.
Cavani is not the striker United need
Cavani, therefore, might not be the best man for the job. The Uruguay international has endured two frustrating seasons at PSG and wants to play in his favoured position for a top club.
That Cavani turns 29 next year should also be a concern for Manchester United, who should be looking for a younger striker with that all-important hunger to improve as a player.
Bale and Varane are unrealistic targets
As for Bale and Varane, it’s clear that both players would be fabulous additions to Manchester United’s first-team, but neither is likely to happen.
Real Madrid have no intention of selling Bale, despite the various problems the Wales international has experienced at the Bernabeu this term, while Varane is out of the question too.
Of the three players, Cavani is the most likely to arrive at Old Trafford this summer, but will Manchester United still win the Premier League title?
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