English Premier League champions Manchester United are plotting an audacious £50m bid for Valencia’s exciting attacking duo of David Silva and David Villa.
The Spanish international pairing have been regularly linked with a move to Old Trafford since the summer, but in the end both players remained at the Mestalla and have been in good form in La Liga this season.
However, Los Che’s financial difficulties are well documented and it is likely both Silva and Villa will be sold in January in order to balance the books.
The Daily Telegraph comments that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson sees Silva as the long-term replacement to veteran Ryan Giggs, while Villa is regarded among the top strikers in European football.
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid seemed set to land Villa in the close season but Los Blancos instead opted for Karim Benzema while the Blaugrana signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Ferguson has watched his side lose to both Aston Villa and Fulham in the past week, and is desperate to boost his squad for a title push in the second half of the season, to stay in touch with current leaders Chelsea.
Paul Macdonald, Goal.com