It's no secret that Manchester United despite being one of the biggest clubs in world football are finding it increasingly difficult to compete with the emerging influence of foreign money in the game.
The likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona seem to be on another planet when it comes to bidding for players. Sir Alex Ferguson has already missed out on top targets Eden Hazard, Jordi Alba and now faces a struggle to secure the signing of Luka Modric from Tottenham, thanks to increased interest from Real Madrid, Chelsea and PSG who could each blow United out the water in a bidding war.
So what would happen if United were to be taken over by an Arab Sheik or a Russian billionaire this summer? Would they finally be able to stack up the cash to secure Luka Modric? Would they be able to tempt Gareth Bale away from White Hart Lane in a double swoop? What about the elusive defensive midfielder they have been after?
They have been linked with a move for Athletico Bilbao's Javi Martinez but he is rumoured to be worth in excess of £30 million, something that United simply don't have the luxury of spending right now. However, an investment could make this possible.
James Rodriguez is another player strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer but a stumbling block seems to be the £40million release clause in his contract. The Porto winger is a very exciting prospect indeed but once again lack of funds seems to threaten this deal.
So this is what a United team would look like if they had a sudden influx of cash this summer:
Keeper- David De Gea
Centre Back- Rio Ferdinand
Winger- Antonio Valencia
Winger- Gareth Bale(currently: Tottenham)
Defensive Midfielder- Javi Martinez (currently: Athletic Bilboa)
Midfielder- Luka Modric (currently: Tottenham)
Winger- Luis Nani
Midfielder- Shinji Kagawa
Striker- Wayne Rooney
NB: Selection based on players strongly linked with United this summer, their intention of moving and the clubs willingness to sell, thus the likes of Ronaldo, Messi or Iniesta are not included.
So what do you guys think? Do you agree with my selection? Maybe you think i'm a bit insane for having 4 wingers in the team (5 if you count Kagawa). Is Rodriguez really worth all that money? Is Modric worth all that hype? Or can Javi Martinez be the answer to United's midfield woes?
Leave your comments and suggestions below on how your team would line up if they had unlimited cash to spend.