According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has his eyes on no less than seven Real Madrid stars as speculation over David de Gea fails to go away.
The reports states that Sergio Ramos is not the only Bernabeu star on United’s hit-list as they prepare a response to Madrid’s bid to sign their first-choice goalkeeper.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal are said to join Ramos on Van Gaal’s wish-list and could be subject to any deal that sees the Spanish number one join the 10-time Champions League winners.
If United can pull off a deal that sees one or more Madrid players leave the Spanish capital for Manchester then it would certainly help to soften the blow of losing De Gea ahead of what promises to be a huge season for the Red Devils.
Who, out of the seven mentioned, would be the best for United to sign this summer?
Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema and Ramos are all outstanding players and ambitious targets for the former Dutch national coach. However, any deal for those four would arguably need a considerable amount of money and De Gea to be considered.
All four are comfortably among the top 50 players in world football and would go a long way in improving United’s bid for the Premier League title next season.
Varane, 22, and Carvajal, 23, would be shrewd signings for United as both have huge potential to improve in the future, but could also go straight into the side and play a key part for next season.
Nevertheless, one name that sticks out as a realistic and outstanding option is former Spurs midfielder Luka Modric.
The 29-year-old has seemingly improved with age and last season became renowned as one of the more respected and influential players in the squad, despite some fairly outstanding competition.
If he were to sign for United, he could certainly offer that creative input in the middle of the park and help United dominate possession in the opposition's half.