Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is wanting to spend no less than £50 million in the January transfer window, with notable targets being Roma’s holding midfielder Kevin Strootman, Sporting Lisbon’s midfield man William Carvalho and Aston Villa’s centre-back Ron Vlaar.
Van Gaal has signed Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo in defensive areas so far, as the Red Devils look to strengthen their defence after a shaky start at the backline.
Eliaqium Mangala was close to moving to Old Trafford before city rivals Manchester City secure the former Porto man services.
Defensive sellings included former captains Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic, along with Rio Ferdinand, with the future of right-back Rafael da Silva at Old Trafford looking very dull.
If United spend the money, then the net investment will be more than £200 million, which will be a world record for most money spent in both the windows combined.