Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will have inexhaustible funds for this summer’s transfer window, and can use them to sign virtually any players he likes, according to the Daily Mail.
The paper claim that due to Adidas’ £750 million kit deal the Red Devils will have more than just deep pockets heading into what could be a pivotal transfer window, and Van Gaal will be able to flex almost unparalleled financial muscle as he looks to improve his squad.
The Van Gaal project
Having already spent over £150 million since taking over at Old Trafford in the summer, Van Gaal has instigated quite the overhaul. However, a number of top European names are still reported to be on his supposed wish-list, and to attract them he’ll need the money to be able to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid.
In that respect Adidas’ endorsement means that there shouldn’t be many problems, with Lionel Messi - and his mooted £500 million all-in valuation, including wages and fee - even said to be within reach.
The Barcelona talisman, and four-time Ballon d’Or winner has been heavily linked with a move away from the Nou Camp, but a club having the resources to actually get him is another matter entirely.
The kit deal Adidas are financing, which will come into effect at the end of this season, is by far the most lucrative in football, with Real Madrid’s eight-year agreement only bagging them £31 million-a-season, as opposed to United’s that will see them gifted £70 million annually.
Boost for United
On top of that the Red Devils won’t fall victim to the Financial Fair Play rules that have continued to hinder both Chelsea and bitter rivals City. That alone will give them the upper hand when it comes to throwing financial clout at the best names in football, with expensive targets such as Paul Pogba and Mats Hummels no longer set to be out of reach.
With United already sitting third in the Premier League, insinuating that they very well could be playing in the Champions League next term, there’s little stopping their resurgence to the top of the European pyramid. If they can use their funds to land Messi they’ll have the potential to remain there for a long time.