Manchester United brought in six new faces last summer as the re-building of their stale squad began under Louis van Gaal.
The expensive deals included a British record transfer fee for Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid and saw United make their intentions clear about their ambitions to get back to the summit of English and European football.
Although not all of the deals have yet been proven value for money, van Gaal is likely to want to spend again this summer as he looks to challenge for domestic and European honours next season.
The Dutchman’s first season in charge at Old Trafford saw his side achieve their minimum ambition of regaining their place in the Champions League but they failed to put up any challenge for the title.
The re-building of the United squad is only half completed and they need to strike deals for players in several areas of the pitch in order to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in the Premier League. Their squad lacks the required strength in depth to win the title at this stage.
With Memphis Depay already coming into the club as the season closed, United want to get their business wrapped up as quickly as possible so the new signings can gel and grow into a formidable force.
Depay’s Dutch teammate Robin van Persie believes van Gaal will spend £200 million this summer as they look to win the title next season.
The United striker told the Manchester Evening News, “United spent £200m on players last year and they are going to spend another £200m this summer so we will have a team that can compete for the title.”
The 31-year-old’s own future is in doubt after a season which saw him score just 10 times, but van Persie’s ambition is to play regularly next season at Old Trafford as he looks to find his best form ready for the European Championships in 2016.
He continued, “It is my ambition to play as many games as possible (next season). I feel fitter than ever and I know that the more games I play, the more it will help me prepare for the European Championships next summer.
“I will take everything into consideration when I decide on my future and I know I have to be realistic about the situation.”
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