Manchester United target Villa and Silva
Manchester United are set to splash the Ronaldo cash in January with a double raid for Spanish stars David Silva and David Villa.
Both players, who have also been targets for Liverpool in the past 12 months, are likely to be sacrificed by Valencia who need to sell off their prize assets.
Sir Alex Ferguson is poised to use £50 million of the world record £80 million Ronaldo fee in in the January transfer window in the sensational swoop.
Barcelona are also in the market for lethal hitman, Villa, but United hope a deal can be struck before the Spanish champions have a chance to pounce.
Villa’s team-mate, midfielder Silva, is almost certain to be included in the deal as United show their intentions of claiming a fourth Premier League crown in a row.
Debt-ridden Valencia refused to sell talisman Villa and Silva over the summer despite a host of clubs wanting him.
But United are on alert after Valencia director Fernando Gomez last night admitted both players could leave the Spanish club.
“The club made a great summer effort to keep our players but our economic situation remains serious,” he said.
“It was a success to keep them, but there comes a point when you can’t stand it any more. We may have to sell Villa.”
Fergie disagrees with Villa’s price tag but was impressed with him at Euro 2008 and believes Silva, 23, could add flair in midfield with Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes nearing the end of their glittering careers.
While Ferguson is eyeing up new stars, the fringe players showed what they can do last night as goals from Michael Owen and Danny Welbeck saw off Barnsley in the Carling Cup.