Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann have become the target of an incredible double-swoop from Manchester United.
According to reports, the pair are top of United’s wanted list and the commercial successes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku have proven big transfer targets can pay the bills.
Not only that, but United want to earmark themselves as the Premier League’s most attractive club – bringing in two top signings from the biggest European clubs would prove that.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the shirt sales of Mino Raiola-represented pair Pogba and Lukaku is paving the commercial viability of a future deal.
Welshman Bale has regularly said he is happy at the Spanish capital and has no desire to leave.
But as regularly reported in the Spanish press, European champions Real are increasingly open to him leaving, after successfully defending their Champions League crown without him starting in Cardiff last June.
Griezmann was United’s top transfer target last summer, but the Frenchman eventually decided to stay at Atletico Madrid following their transfer ban.
He had been courting a move to Old Trafford on French TV during the international break at the end of the club season.
United are also in the market for players to improve their style in the final third, with Wales star Bale exactly the sort of winger they seem to need.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have done well as wide forwards, but the pair both prefer to play through the middle.