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Manchester United to spend £120 million - report

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Just how much are Manchester United willing to spend this summer?

Manchester United have been linked with a number of high profile players over the last month, mostly attackers - none of who will come cheap.

It has led to The Sun's sensational back-page story today that the Red Devils are to spend a whopping £120 million this summer.

But hold on - how is this even possible?

Well they claim £70 million will be accumulated via player sales, and then £50 million will be put up as a transfer kitty on top of that.

Let us dissect these claims!

This is how the Sun claim United are to make up that quite impressive figure of £70 million:

Nani (£15 million), Anderson (£10 million), Chicharito (20 million) Rooney (25 million).

Of those four, we can't argue with the prospects of Nani and Anderson leaving, they have each had six seasons at United and failed to convince, and their futures undoubtedly lie away from the club. If £25 million could be received for the pair it would probably be decent business.

Where we take issue is the prospect of Hernandez leaving, because just 24 hours before the title winning game against Aston Villa, Sir Alex Ferguson said he wanted the Mexican to stay.

There may be pressure from his agent to secure more first team football, and if United did bring in a big name striker it could force him out, but we expect him to remain a United player next season.

As for Wayne Rooney, we also expect him to stay. He is happy in Manchester, despite the agenda of newspapers to make a story about it every time he is substituted. Rooney showed against Villa what a dynamic playmaker he can be, and has weighed in with some vital, if overlooked, contributions this campaign.

As for the players The Sun claim United are interested in buying, here they are:

Falcao, Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The paper claim Ronaldo is the club's biggest priority, with a planned £65 million offer ready if indications come from Real Madrid a deal could be done, with two years remaining on his contract which has not been re-signed.

Lewandowski only has one year left on his, and a path to Bayern Munich now appears to be blocked, but there will be competition from Manchester City who have the ace of Edin Dzeko to offer Dortmund in exchange.

The Falcao deal is one Ferguson has denied, but we hardly expected him to come out and confirm it while the season is underway. A report in Spain previously claimed United put a downpayment on him with Atletico Madrid similar to how they did with De Gea.

All are ambitious and don't reflect United's need to sign midfield additions, or the possibility of bringing in an new winger like James Rodriguez of Porto or midfielder like PSV's Kevin Strootman.

Certainly don't take The Sun's story as gospel and get over-excited, that's our message.

Which elements of the story do you believe will turn out to be true?

image: © Ben Sutherland

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