Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images
Real Madrid's Luka Modric.
In terms of big-name transfers, it really doesn't get any bigger than Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, a more realistic signing would be Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammate, Luka Modric.
Rumours linking Ronaldo with a move back to Old Trafford received a shot in the arm this week when it was announced that the club would have the funds available to make a big-name signing.
In the Express, United chief executive Ed Woodward was quoted as saying: "We haven't got money burning a hole in our pocket but we have got a strategy on player purchases and if David wants to go after a stellar player he can do that."
This caused the Daily Mail's Simon Stone to comment on Manchester United’s apparent willingness to "break the bank" to bring Ronaldo back to United.
This rumour is one that won’t go away and is something that Red Devils fans would love to see. But a move looks unlikely for the time being after recent comments from both Madrid and Ronaldo, according to BBC Sport and The Guardian respectively.
Madrid’s purchase of Asier Illarramendi from Real Sociedad and Isco from Malaga has raised question marks about which current midfielder, if any, will make way for the new recruits.
Perhaps it will be Modric who will leave the Bernabeu in search of regular first-team football at Old Trafford.