Whilst David Gill has insisted there is money to spend this summer, Sir Alex Ferguson is talking about getting value in the market again.

Our manager insists he wouldn’t pay £60m to get Lionel Messi from Barcelona to United, but that he would fork it out for Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I’d pay £60 million to take Cristiano Ronaldo back but that’s about it,” said Ferguson. “The market is inflated. Agents get in touch with our chief scout and say this player will take a drop in wages from £10 million to £8 million. And it’s only £42 million now. So work it out. You bring in a player for a £40-odd million fee, then you take in their salary, with the euro against the pound, and the tax rate here, so with a five-year contract and wages they’re talking about £8 million a year. So instead of £42 million, it’s £82 million.”