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Manchester United Plan £55m Triple Raid in Attempt to Rebuild After Likely Rooney Exit

Old Trafford boss wants to spend all the funds from sale of England striker.

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Sir Alex Ferguson is making big name transfer plans ahead of a likely sale of striker Wayne Rooney as he looks to reinvest any sale in the acquisition of top notch additions to his Old Trafford squad. The Manchester United boss wants to bring in Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, Schalke keeper Manuel Neuer and Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.

Having been unable to spend the lions share of the £80m received from the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ferguson will insist that any funds from the sale of the United striker will be available to use immediately and he has drawn up a wish-list accordingly.

Manchester United expects to receive a fee in the region of £60m for Rooney and if a bidding war ensues between the main interested parties, Manchester City and Real Madrid, then Sir Alex could end up with substantially more. The wily Scot will then look to bring in a collection of his own “Galaticos” to help rebuild a club who appear to be falling further behind their Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Moves for the three players mentioned would cost the club around £55m and would helpfully address problem areas at the club. German International keeper Neuer is a player that Ferguson feels will able replace retirement bound Edwin Van der Sar. French attacking midfielder Gourcuff would add more creativity and guile to a midfield that has been too easily ‘worked out’ by the opposition of late and Benzema would serve as a good replacement for Rooney, the Real Madrid man rarely figures for the La Liga giants and is a player that the Old Trafford boss has tried to sign before.

Manchester United know that the sale of Rooney will upset the club’s fanbase who may feel that this is a sign that they are coming to an end of an era of dominance and could feel that the club’s significant debt burden is dictating their position in the footballing hierarchy. With that in mind Ferguson feels they must attempt to bring in big names to appease their fans.

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