Manchester United are reportedly planning to make a marquee signing in the summer window, with Neymar, Paulo Dybala and Gareth Bale emerging as targets.
According to a report from the Daily Record, Manchester United are prepared to break their club transfer record in the next transfer window, as they target moves for one among Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala and PSG superstar Neymar.
Despite the uncertainties over who the manager will be next season, the Manchester United hierarchy are in agreement over the fact that the club needs significant investment and are targeting a marquee addition to the ranks.
To that end, the Red Devils are believed to have entrusted a high-profile agent to explore the possibility of signing either of Bale, Dybala or Neymar in the next summer, the report from Daily Record claims.
Real Madrid superstar Bale had been linked with a move to Manchester United on a number of occasions in the past, but no move materialised. The former Tottenham Hotspur attacker has found himself out of the starting lineup at the Santiago Bernabeu recently under Santiago Solari, not starting high-profile matches against Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
The report claims that the Wales international, who has scored 12 goals in 28 games this term, is likely to cost less than the £85.3 million that Real Madrid paid Tottenham in 2013. However, given that he will be turning 30 in the summer, Manchester United prefer a move for Dybala or Neymar over Bale.
Paulo Dybala has found himself warming the benches often at Juventus, since the arrival of former Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Massimiliano Allegri has preferred to pair up the Portuguese along with Mario Mandzukic in attack, which has cut into Dybala’s playing time to some extent.
The 25-year-old has scored 7 goals and set up 6 more in 28 matches in all competitions so far this term. Having won every domestic honour in Italy, the Argentine would be open to a move abroad according to the report and would command a transfer fee in the range of £110 million.
Neymar, as per the report, is the most preferred option for Manchester United. The club had reportedly tried to sign him from Barcelona in 2016, with then manager Jose Mourinho interested to add him to the squad, but were beaten to his signing by PSG.
The 27-year-old, who has been ruled out of PSG’s Champions League tie against Manchester United, has reportedly grown frustrated with life in France and would be willing to consider a switch to Old Trafford, the Daily Record claims.
Manchester United are willing to pay a world record fee of £230 million in order to sign him and are prepared to meet his wages of £26.28 million per season. However, they face stiff competition from Real Madrid, who are also very much in the hunt to sign the Brazilian superstar.
All three players that are being linked with Manchester United are bonafide superstars and signing any of them would boost the club to a great extent, while it would also enhance their commercial revenues and market value. However, it remains to be seen if there is any truth to this report.