Manchester United chief outlines exciting summer transfer plansPublished February 09, 2017
Ed Woodward has hinted that Manchester United may make a relatively small number of statement signings during the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils are currently on a 15-game unbeaten run in the Premier League that has seen them move to within two points of a Champions League qualifying position.
And following a relatively quiet January as far as incomings are concerned, the club’s executive vice chairman, Woodward, has insisted that they will go for quality over quantity when targeting new recruits before the start of the new campaign.
“Are we happy with the roster at this point?” he told reporters on Thursday. “Yes. I think there’s happiness from the manager at this point, as you can tell in all his recent interviews, in terms of where we are as a squad.
“I think there is always going to be continual improvement. Even if you win everything, you still want to improve the squad, that’s the nature and the dynamic of the industry we’re in.”
Following the big-money additions of Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan over the summer for fees of £89m and £26m respectively, United are now being heavily linked with another star signing in the form of Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann.
For Woodward, though, the club will be more concerned about finding the right fight for Jose Mourinho’s side than investing huge amounts of money for the sake of it.
He added: “I think we aren’t in a position where we necessarily have to churn a large number of players. As I’ve guided before, we want to get to a more steady state, and be buying and selling a potentially lower number of players each year.
“I think we’re in that kind of environment now, compared to where we were two or three years ago, when perhaps there was a bit more of a churn required from a playing squad perspective.
“We don’t guide around player spend. It’s a number you can track almost on a deal-by-deal basis, because things are very widely published when they happen, but it isn’t something that we guide on.”
As well as Griezmann, a new centre-back and central midfielder are also said to be on Mourinho’s radar as he bids to get United back to the summit of the English game.
Benfica’s Victor Lindelof and Atletico’s Saul Niguez have also been the subject of persistent rumours linking them with moves to Old Trafford.