Louis Van Gaal is set to be given significant financial backing for the remainder of the transfer window, following comments from Manchester United Chief Executive Ed Woodward.
Ed Woodward has stated that there is no budget for Louis Van Gaal and spoke to MUTV hinting that they may even be prepared to consider breaking the world record transfer fee to acquire an elite player.
“Whether it’s a record or not doesn’t really resonate with us. What resonates is an elite player that the manager wants who is going to be a star for Manchester United.
“I stand by what I said – there is no budget. We are in a very strong financial position. We can make big signings. That doesn’t mean we go and throw money around. Louis is the manager. We have a lot of scouting output through the last 12 months, flagging up various things to us. Louis is the one that makes the ultimate decision around who he wants in the squad.”
Arturo Vidal and Mats Hummels have been linked with moves all summer to Old Trafford and would certainly be the high profile players that Manchester United fans crave. However, without the lure of Champions League football it may prove difficult to acquire such talent.
Vidal is a three-time Serie A winner with Juventus and with Patrice Evra having sealed a move to Turin it may give Louis Van Gaal’s side more pulling power in their negotiations for the 27-year-old Chile international. Conversely, Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has ruled out a move to Manchester for Hummels insisting that he will not be leaving the Bundesliga giants.
Klopp was adamant that Hummels and Marco Reus will not be moving, stating the following to German newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten.
“What was today’s rumour? Mats to Man U? For how much? 20 million? For a sum like that, you can forget about it anyway.
“Marco and Mats will be playing for us next season. I can assure everybody that there is no sign at all that either of them want to leave.”
Chief Executive Ed Woodward remains confident however that Manchester United still remain attractive to the game’s most coveted players.
“What we’re seeing with everything we’re doing from a commercial perspective, talking to agents, talking from a player’s perspective about wanting to come to us, we are the biggest club in the world, there’s no question about that.”
It’s going to be interesting few weeks at Old Trafford and it seems that Louis Van Gaal will be given significant financial backing to build his squad for next season.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.