A report suggests Manchester United are well placed to make moves in the winter transfer market.
The Metro claims funding is in place for Manchester United to make significant moves in the winter transfer market.
Louis van Gaal’s club flexed their financial muscles over the summer with several big money deals and they are expected to follow that up with winter additions in key positions.
While the Metro’s suggestion of Everton duo Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman as possible additions is doubtful, their claim that United are well placed financially is interesting.
“United, who spent big over the summer on the likes of Angel Di Maria, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao, have secured more funding to go on another spree in January,” reads the report.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is known to have met with the club’s main investors but whether United will tool up again this January with some big deals is debatable.
Woodward is thought to want United to play down their winter spending but all reports suggest to possible deals for Kevin Strootman and Ron Vlaar, which would give United a greater presence in midfield and in central defence.
United’s recent financial figures showed their strength but they didn’t include the summer spending of the past summer, which would put a big dent in profit margins and the impressive reflection that the numbers gave off.
There’s also financial fair play rules to consider, with further big deals likely to put United under extra strain.
However, for as much criticism Woodward has taken for his past dealings (or failure to do dealings) at the club, he’s a sensible professional and certainly won’t let United spend beyond what the club can realistically afford.
The Champions League cash that would come with qualifying for the competition next season would certainly help so it’s all about weighing up the risks involved against the importance of breaking into that competition.
Fortunately for United, they retain financial strength despite recent setbacks which makes them one of the world’s unique clubs.