The Red Devils have handed manager Louis van Gaal a €100m war-chest to spend on bringing in a top quality striker before the end of the transfer window, reports say.
Manchester United are looking to sign a marquee forward this summer to complement Wayne Rooney and as expected, Louis van Gaal’s side have been linked with several world class players in the position including Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller, Gareth Bale of Real Madrid and recently, forgotten Brazilian Alexandre Pato who now plays in his country for Sau Paulo.
It is claimed United are looking to offer around £60m to Bayern for Muller and with this available fund, there should be no problem for the Premier League club and more so, the 25-year old forward has reportedly told friends he wants to join the Red Devils for a reunion with his former boss who gave him his debut at the Allianz Arena when the Dutchman was in charge.
Although van Gaal stated few days back that he could play giant midfielder Marouane Fellaini as a number 9 if the need be, but the former Netherlands boss is still understood to be eyeing a prolific goalscorer who would be better than the ones he presently has in his ranks.
The Dutchman had claimed: “When he is the best striker in the world then, yes, we need him.”
Fellaini played in the number 10 role for United last season and performed admirably, coming up with some crucial goals, but he can not be viewed as the long-term solution for a club looking to return to its old glory days.
However, it is left to be seen whether the Dutch manager will use this money, with his first-choice striker sounding a note of warning to Premier League defenders with a hat-trick in the 4-0 demolition of Club Brugge in Wednesday night’s second leg clash of their Champions League qualifier.
Signing a top quality centre forward with a mammoth offer as huge as €100m could mean a revert to a 4-4-2 formation by van Gaal. Being the captain of the team and an instrumental figure, Rooney seems untouchable and a player signed for a huge amount also has to play every game, hence, the expected striker will have to be the Englishman’s partner in attack.