Trio's combined fee to costly for Fergie
Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly refusing to pay £72million to take Luka Modric, Leighton Baines and Cheick Tiote to Manchester United.
The Red Devils chief is desperate to bolster his squad in the summer transfer window having ended last term trophy-less and missing out on the Premier League title to neighbours Manchester City on goal difference.
And, while Ferguson is close to tying up a £14million deal to bring in Borussia Dortmund star midfielder Shinji Kagawa, he is keen to strengthen other areas of his side.
Tottenham's Croatian international playmaker, Modric, is thought to be the man Ferguson wants to be Paul Scholes' long-term successor at Old Trafford, despite the 37-year-old veteran agreeing to sign a new 12-month deal last week.
Everton's England international full-back, Baines is being lined up as Patrice Evra's eventual successor on the left side of the United defence, while Newcastle's combative Ivory Coast midfielder, Tiote, is also thought to be on the wanted list as Ryan Giggs is in the twilight of his career.
But with reports claiming United have been quoted £32million for Modric and £20million respectively for both Baines and Tiote, an Old Trafford source has claimed Ferguson will not pay 'ridiculous fees' no matter how much he wants to sign the trio.