Manchester United have told Jose Mourinho that he will not be given any money to spend in the January transfer window and will only sign off on a transfer if an exceptional player becomes available.
According to the Manchester Evening News, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is happy with the team's summer transfer business and believes Mourinho has all he needs to bring glory back to Old Trafford.
Woodward sanctioned four major transfer deals that totaled almost £150million in fees and added £30m to the annual wage bill. Paul Pogba cost £89m to sign from Juventus, £27m on Henrikh Mkhitaryan and £30m on Eric Bailly while Zlatan Ibrahimovic commands wages in excess of £200,000-a-week.
Their incredible commercial income means they're still very much in the black but further additions will be deemed as too much of a luxury. That leaves Mourinho facing a barren January transfer window regardless of how United are performing.
However, a deal has not been completely ruled as there is still scope to make an exceptional signing should a major player become available. Exactly what that means isn't clear but it suggests United won't turn down the unexpected opportunity to sign a long-term target.
An unexpected deal
One player who has been linked with a move to Manchester United is Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman has emerged as one of the best players in world football over the last 18 months, capping off a sensational season by winning the golden boot at Euro 2016.
He is believed to be happy at the Vicente Calderon and will remain there so long as Diego Simeone is in charge but his €100m release clause is looking better value for money with every game. Should he be open to a move at the season's midway point, there is every chance United will make a move. United seem to be aware that such a situation is unlikely to occur.
How Manchester United have the money to fund such a deal is testament to just how financially powerful they have become. The Red Devils have invested an incredible £450m in transfer fees since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and have just one FA Cup to show for it. Even worse, they have finished outside the top four in two of those three campaigns.
Yet they still remain the most powerful club in the transfer market fending off the challenge of Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG in the race for Pogba's signature.
Despite this, January transfer deals have been few and far between with the last one coming in the form of Juan Mata in January 2014.