At the beginning of this summer, Manchester United's vice-chairman Ed Woodward was highly praised by the press, having signed several decent players in just a few weeks.
With Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Morgan Schneiderlin; Mr. Woodward became a hero to every United fan.
The British man has also made his name as an expert in negotiation. He has successfully signed several huge sponsor deal for Manchester United, despite the team's gloomy results.
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Nevertheless, Woodward's reputation went downhill after he failed to secure Pedro's transfer. It was a nightmare for Manchester United's fans.
This time last week, Woodward himself flew to Barcelona to talk with the team's board of director about a possible deal for Pedro.
The result? Chelsea announced the transfer of their newest member: Pedro Rodriguez. What happened in Barcelona? No one knows. All they know is, Woodward failed miserably.
This failure forced Manchester United to browse the market again. Unfortunately for them, high profile players who fit with their signing philosophy are either unavailable or unsuitable for the team's strategy.
Time is ticking, and Ed Woodward is facing a huge challenge: signing someone while avoiding being overcharged.
TRANSFER SHOCK WITH NEYMAR
Despite losing Pedro to Chelsea, Ed Woodward still wants to sign players from Camp Nou. This time, he aims much higher in Neymar.
The Brazilian star's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, was spotted inside the VIP lounge in Old Trafford watching United player Newcastle United.
Barcelona has no intention of selling Neymar. Nevertheless, rumours have arose that he wants to come out of Lionel Messi's shadow.
Joining Manchester United can be the best move for an ambitious Neymar, launching him to the throne of the world's best player.
The only way Manchester United can secure Neymar is to trigger the player's minimum release fee clause of €190 million.
If United decided to pay the fee Neymar will become the world's most expensive player, smashing the current record of €91 million paid by Real Madrid for Gareth Bale in 2013.
Time is ticking and the pressure is on. It is high time Ed Woodward rose again and fought for his team and his own reputation, to sign one last player before the deadline passes.
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