The modern side of football has relied heavily on spending big in order to make it to the top. While stories like Leicester City and this season’s Champions League semi-finalists Ajax and Tottenham do make it seem like money isn’t everything, the trend is there nevertheless.
Manchester United have been a recent entry into the spending market. The club has traditionally relied on developing youth talent and investing in upcoming players to carve out their success.
However, the past transfer windows have seen the Red Devils spend with all the fervor of a wealthy baron spending out his most recent windfall. As per recent reports, this trend may continue.
According to the Mirror, United have given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a bumper transfer war-chest of over £250 million for the summer window. The Red Devils have had a sordid run of games in the past few weeks, with even their wins coming as lucky results.
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As of such, it is evident that a summer overhaul will look at properly rebuilding the team. Resume-rich gaffers like Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho were handed likewise budgets, but their efforts amounted to little.
In fact, if the Norwegian gaffer does spend the entire assigned budget, United’s transfer spending in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired will cross a billion pounds.
This is appalling given their roster’s general lack of quality over the several reigns since they last won the Premier League.
While success stories like Marcus Rashford and David De Gea and the prodigal return of Paul Pogba did amount for some small hurrahs, their overall prospects have looked rather grim.
The report adds that the four primary targets for the club are Jadon Sancho, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Matthijs De Ligt. All talented players who are valued highly across Europe, and certainly won’t arrive for cheap.