Manchester United have told Louis van Gaal that he can afford to continue his spending spree in January, on the back of data which promises the club are in an extremely healthy financial position.
According to Goal, Van Gaal has the power at his fingertips to oversee an incredibly lucrative squad transition, as Ed Woodward will tell investors today that despite the lack of Champions League football, and the disastrous reign of David Moyes, they do not need to curb their spending in the transfer market.
The summer spending
Over £150 million was spent on attracting the likes of Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo during Van Gaal’s debut transfer window in the United hot seat, but according to Goal it has had a negligible impact on the club’s financial power.
Instead it’s believed that the Red Devils have the ability to buy a player of Di Maria’s worth (almost £60m) each year for the next decade, without finding themselves in monetary trouble.
All of this information comes after some serious scrutinising of United’s accounts, with pessimists fearing that the club would be left struggling after failure to qualify for Europe’s premier competition.
However it would seem that the many on-pitch shortcomings experienced in Moyes’ reign haven’t diminished United’s capabilities when it comes to competing with the other footballing superpowers in Europe.
The new deals
A handsome new deal signed with Chevrolet, which sees United set to get €66m-a-year, and a ten-year kit agreement with Adidas, due to begin next year, which will hand them €93m-a-year has more than just cushioned the blow with regards to the lack of Champions League football, and so the possibilities for Van Gaal are seemingly endless.
Just quite what he will do with the black cheque at his disposal however remains to be seen. A number of potential targets are believed to have been sounded out over January moves, with the likes of Kevin Strootman and Mats Hummels remaining high on Van Gaal’s wish list.
Targets moving forward
Naturally deals for either man are unlikely mid-way through the season, due to their importance at their respective sides, but that won’t stifle United’s advances.
The Red Devils have begun a new era under Van Gaal but still have concerns over certain positions in the team, with the defence particularly vulnerable following the departures of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra.
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