Man Utd set to pursue Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann deals if one thing does not happen

Man Utd set to pursue Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann deals if one thing does not happen

Man Utd set to pursue Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann deals if one thing does not happen

Man Utd set to pursue Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann deals if one thing does not happen (Pic: GETTY)

Despite the uncertainty over their long-term managerial situation, United are looking to make some big signings in the summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks primed to take the reins on a full-time basis and talks opened with his representatives yesterday.

The Norwegian has started life as manager at Old Trafford emphatically, beating the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Paris St-Germain along the way.

And United chief Woodward is ready to splash the cash, but there are problems upstairs to sort out first.

The Red Devils are keen on hiring a director of football by the time the transfer window arrives.

Paul Mitchell, Eric Cantona and Edwin Van Der Sar have been reportedly linked to the vacancy but as of yet there has been no concrete talks.

And the Manchester Evening News have reported that Woodward is ready to take on the duties of the role if someone is not found.

Furthermore, the MEN report that this means some big-name targets would be in the former banker’s sights.

Man Utd set to pursue Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann deals if one thing does not happen

Man Utd set to pursue Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann deals if one thing does not happen (Pic: GETTY)

Woodward has always had an eye for a Galactico-esque signing, with Alexis Sanchez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba fitting the bill in recent years.

And the Chelmsford-born chief is ready to chase Bale and Griezmann this summer to fit his transfer strategy.

Woodward has rejected previous managers’ preferred targets in the past, with Jose Mourinho being on the end of those decisions last summer.

The Portuguese coach wanted Willian, Toby Alderweireld and Ivan Perisic but none of them were signed.

However, Woodward was happy to fork out big money for Sanchez – handing him a £500,000-a-week in the process.

But the Chilean has turned out to be a flop, and he may have to be offloaded to decrease the wage bill.

That will, though, allow the club to sign more suited players – with Kalidou Koulibaly, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jadon Sancho all linked.

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