Louis van Gaal to offer Robert Lewandowski £11m-a-year deal to make United move
Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich's in-form striker, could be winging his way to Old Trafford next year, if we are to believe a report in Bild, the German tabloid.
The Poland international, according to the report, is also wanted by Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain who are hoping to lure the 27-year-old to the Parc des Princes next summer, however Manchester United are plotting to hikack their bid.
Despite United's obvious need for an out-and-out striker – Lewandowski has scored 15 goals in 13 league games to send Bayern to the top of the Bundesliga – the Pole may not want to leave the hugely successful German club.
Should Lewandowski leave Bayern then Louis van Gaal, the United manager, will also have to ward off interest from Real Madrid who are also understood to be interested in the big striker.
Meanwhile, the Sun is once again reporting that Neymar is ready to reconsider his future and he, too, could be off to Old Trafford in the summer.
The Brazilian was courted by the club last summer before signing a new contract with the European champions, however he is understood to have had his head turned "by the eye-watering cash on offer".
The forward reportedly has a £165 million buyout clause in his contract and would command wages of £500,000 a week over five years – or £130m. Believable?
Well, if that sounds unvbelievable, listen to this one: United are also after Lionel Messi, Neymar's team-mate, who would cost the club £150m and would get a salary of £52m. There are no emojis included in the report, we think they have started on the Christmas sherry a little early this year.
Finally, Benjamin Mendy, the Marseille full-back and long-time target of Van Gaal's could be ready to leave the Stade Vélodrome after club president Vincent Labrune admitted they may have to sell him.
Untied have been scouting Mendy and the Frenchman could be a perfect replacement for the injured Luke Shaw who is several months away from full fitness.