Manchester United transfer news: £200m spree approved

Manchester United have reportedly received the green light for a spending spree.

Manchester United have as much as £200 million to spend on transfers this summer, according to a report in The Mirror.

It is even claimed by the report that current boss Louis van Gaal met up with Sir Alex Ferguson to discuss transfer targets, with the Scotsman still a director at the club.

The report states: "Van Gaal has received boardroom approval for a £200 million summer spending spree and is tapping into Fergie’s know-how and contacts to help United get their men."

So who could be coming in?

The report skirts around potential targets, but did mention Ferguson's recent dinner with former star Cristiano Ronaldo. The Ballon d'Or winner has a contract until 2018 and is however not expected to leave this summer.

One of his teammates has been more strongly linked, with The Mirror reporting earlier this week the Red Devils have held talks with the agent of striker Karim Benzema.

Gareth Bale is expected to stay on at Real, despite a report in The Independent this week claiming United had an offer of £110 million rejected for the Welshman and centre-back Raphael Varane.

Barcelona defender Dani Alves was linked with a move to United this week by ESPN, who could replace Rafael da Silva at right-back.

Goalkeeper David de Gea could need replacing, with Real Madrid interested, and the Manchester Evening News listed Tottenham's Hugo Lloris as a frontrunner to replace him.

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