Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Man Utd executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward: Expect more signings

Man Utd executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward - Expect more signings

Manchester United F.C. executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has told the club’s supporters to expect more signings during the summer transfer window.

United have already brought in the likes of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, for a combined fee of around £56million, and are being linked with a number of players, including the likes of Arturo Vidal, Daley Blind, Kevin Strootman and Thomas Vermaelen.

“There is no fixed budget. Financially we are extremely strong, we have funds available,” Woodward told MUTV.

“Louis is the boss and is assessing what’s going on but we have been in dialogue for some time about targets so there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes… we’re continuing to move forward on some of those targets… so watch this space.

“The time he [Van Gaal] spends here as well [in America] he’ll be able to assess more what he’s got and continue to tweak the decisions if we need to.

“We want to do what it takes to win the title.”

Although United will not be competing in the UEFA Champions League this upcoming season, Woodward is confident moving to Old Trafford is still on the wish list of several star footballers across Europe.

He added: “I’ve experienced a lot of conversations with agents and players and we are still a huge attraction to top football stars around the world – there is no doubt about that.

“We’ve already invested in two new fantastic players.”

The club’s appointment of Louis van Gaal, who was praised by many for securing the Bronze medal for Holland at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, has both linked the club with a host of summer arrivals and departures.

The latter include Anderson, Bebe, Javier Hernandez, , Marouane Fellaini, Tom Cleverley and Wilfried Zaha, according to reports, while Patrice Evra confirmed his United exit on Monday.

“After a great deal of thought I have decided the time is right for me to leave Manchester United,” Evra told the club’s official website.

“It is the biggest decision of my career as this club is, and will always remain, in my heart.”

Evra was always going to be surplus to requirements after the big-money arrival of Luke Shaw from Southampton and the France international did not want to be a second-team player, and understandably so.

The deal is believed to be worth £1.2 million for a player who joined United from Monaco for a bargain fee of £5.5 million in January 2006.


Shawn Etemadi



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