Manchester United have been urged to break the bank in a £260million summer spending spree on Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho and Declan Rice.
United host rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday with fourth place in their sights, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having steadied the ship following a poor start to the season.
The January signing of Bruno Fernandes has helped massively, with United yet to lose since the Portuguese midfielder has joined. In fact, the Red Devils are on a nine-game unbeaten run dating back to before his £47million arrival.
But the signing of three players in key positions could see United challenge City and Liverpool for the major trophies next season.
That's the view of former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy, who reckons Tottenham striker Kane, Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho and West Ham midfielder Rice could take Solskjaer's side to the next level.
"I'd break the bank for Kane even though he's injured at the moment," Murphy wrote in his column for the Mail .
"I don't think a hamstring represents a risk like a cruciate would. He's as close to a guarantee for scoring goals as you'll find in the game and, the way he lives his life and conducts himself, he'll keep going.
"Kane would cost £100m and so would Sancho at Dortmund. But they have the quality United require to make the next jump.
"If they had a front three next season of Sancho, Kane and Rashford with Martial, Dan James and Mason Greenwood in reserve, it would be a strike force befitting a big club."
Murphy said United could raise funds to sign Kane and Sancho by selling midfielder Paul Pogba and goalkeeper David de Gea.
Pogba is believed to want a move away from Old Trafford, so Murphy says selling him "could work for all parties", with the World Cup winner likely to fetch a fee of around £90million.
And with Dean Henderson having impressed while on loan at Sheffield United this season, Murphy says it might be time to cash in on De Gea, who has made several errors leading to goals this season.
He also urged United to sign 21-year-old Rice from West Ham, saying: "I liken him to Jordan Henderson because of his athleticism, power and attitude.
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