Fergie in £120million lift
MANCHESTER UNITED ran away with this season’s Premier League title but flopped in Europe.
Our man in Manchester, NEIL CUSTIS, looks at how they could go on to greater things.
ALEX FERGUSON could boost his title winners with a £120million overhaul this summer.
The Manchester United boss would be able to generate £70m of that through sales, with another £50m coming from the Old Trafford coffers.
United know Manchester City are eyeing a big summer spree, having missed out on Robin van Persie last year.
Chelsea will also undoubtedly strengthen under a new boss.
Now Ferguson is ready to do the same to stay ahead domestically, whilst making another concerted bid to win his third Champions League.
The club are set to listen to offers for both Nani at £15m and Anderson at £10m.
And while Fergie does not want to lose Javier Hernandez, he appreciates the Mexican striker may want more regular first-team football elsewhere.
Hernandez has started only seven of United’s league games this season and there is plenty of interest in him from Spain, not least from Real Madrid.
The man they call ‘Little Pea’ would cost £22m but the big question mark hangs over Wayne Rooney, who Paris Saint-Germain want in a £25m deal.
And United are considering cashing in on the England star, 27, who has two years left on his current contract.
Top of Fergie’s list of targets are, of course, strikers.
Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski is close to an £18m move to Old Trafford.
But Ferguson is also keen on one of Europe’s most wanted in Atletico Madrid’s prolific £50m-rated Radamel Falcao.
And all plans could go out the window if United entice Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club.
Ronaldo has two years left on his Real contract and refused to sign a new deal.
United could get him for £65m after selling him in 2009 for £80m — and that would be the biggest statement Fergie’s new champions could make.