Speculation in the Sunday papers is touting Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to Manchester United in a £30m deal.
Such a move is reportedly being lined up as a contingency in case superstar stopper David De Gea is sold to Real Madrid in a similar money-spinning move.
Los Blancos’ interest in the Spaniard has been documented for quite some time, but De Gea is by no means assured of an Old Trafford exit, with whispers growing in volume that he is close to penning a new contract with the Red Devils.
On the off chance he does depart, however, Louis van Gaal has the ideal replacement lined up in French number one Lloris.
A keeper of this calibre, understandably, won’t come cheap, but the 28-year-old Spurs gloveman with six clean sheets to his name this term, would still represent a bargain buy if he can help Man Utd to similar successes as these previous marquee signings from White Hart Lane did.
Bought for a sizeable £18m in 2006, the Tyneside native must go down as one of the finest value-for-money acquisitions Man Utd have made this century.
Costing the equivalent of £2m a season, Carrick still remains an integral part of the team, as stats of 12 wins and four draws from the 16 league games he has started this season attest.
In 2008 United paid north of £30m to sign the Bulgaria forward from Spurs and in his first season at the club they claimed the Premier League title.
Two years later he claimed the top-tier’s top scorer award after bagging 20 goals in helping the Red Devils to a second title of his four-year stint in the north west.
A striker similar to Berbatov in the sense that exceptional intelligence and technical acumen were relied upon to compensate for a general lack of speed, Sheringham was part of a lethal four-man United frontline with Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In terms of domestic honours, he picked up three Premier League winners’ medals, an FA Cup and a PFA Player of the Year award during his time at Old Trafford following a bargain £3.5m switch.
He also famously scored a stoppage-time equaliser in the 1999 Champions League final to set up United’s 2-1 win over FC Bayern Munchen.