By Tom Finn
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal aims to make the Red Devils not only the top club of the Premiership , but one of the biggest clubs in Europe after being given the green light to spend big signing players worthy of being called Galácticos, a term first used in the 1950s when the architect of the policy, President Santiago Bernabéu Yeste after whom the Real Madrid club stadium is named, signed star players the likes of Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás, Raymond Kopa, Jose Santamaria and Francisco Gento in succession, to achieve Real Madrid’s finest era of dominance.
The term was later resurrected under president Florentino Perez’s first term where club policy was to purchase at least one Galáctico in the summer of every year that included players like Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and David Beckham.
The Sunday Express is today reporting that the first big signing of the summer will be Gareth Bale from Real Madrid for a club record fee of around £80 million and that the Welsh international is aware of United’s interest in him and the Glazer family desire to take the clubs value to £3 billion.
While van Gaal would like to strengthen the squad in January he knows that he has no chance of signing Bale next month or other targets Roma’s Kevin Strootman and Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels until the summer.
Should the Dutchman bag all three players it would take United spending well beyond the £156 million they spent during the last summer transfer window.