Outspoken pundit Robbie Savage has urged Manchester United to break the bank, or risk falling short.
Manchester United's shortcomings in the transfer market this summer have been clear for all to see, compounded by an interview their new chief executive gave earlier this summer.
"We haven't got money burning a hole in our pocket but we have got a strategy on player purchases and if David (Moyes) wants to go after a stellar player he can do that."
So far they are yet to achieve that goal, bidding for Cesc Fabregas but failing to land the Barcelona midfielder.
So just how stellar is stellar? Did Woodward mean the very best in the world?
That is exactly what former United trainee Robbie Savage believes United should do, airing his views on Twitter earlier this evening:
If I was moyes I'd break the bank for ronaldo or bale !— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) August 12, 2013
Utd need a big big signing quickly. !— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) August 12, 2013
It makes you wonder what Savage would have had to say had United lost to Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield at Wembley at the weekend.
If United really were prepared to land Bale or Ronaldo, they are certainly leaving it late - one week before the Premier League season kicks off and three weeks before the transfer window closes.
Neither Tottenham nor Real Madrid want to play ball regarding the sale of their star men, especially Spurs selling Bale to United, which appears to simply be a non-starter.
United's best bet may be to hope Bale goes to Madrid and they open up to cashing in on Ronaldo, but really, United should probably listen less to Savage and at this stage set their sights a little lower, or risk ending up with nobody.
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