|(Football) United to spend big in transfer
Manchester United are prepared to break transfer records in order to give new manager Louis van Gaal the players he wants, according to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
The English giants have already spent over 50 million on England left-back Luke Shaw and Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, and Woodward says that they are ready to spend even more.
Some of United's European rivals have spent big recently. Real Madrid on Tuesday signed James Rodriguez from Monaco for a fee of around 63 million, while Barcelona paid Liverpool around 75 million for Luis Suarez.
Asked if United were able to pay a similar amount for a player, Woodward said: "It is in our capabilities. The club are not afraid of doing that -- spending significant amounts of money in the transfer market.''
United are rebuilding under Van Gaal after a dismal 2013-14 season and Woodward says that in the context, the club will have no qualms about sanctioning big-money signings.
"Whether it's a record or not doesn't really resonate with us,'' he added, in comments reported by the British media on Wednesday.
"What resonates is a top, top elite player that the manager wants that is going to be a star for Manchester United. We are in a very strong financial position. We can make big signings.
"I get pointed in the direction of a target that the manager wants and there is an assessment of what that might cost and I'll negotiate hard to do the best I can on the trade.'' --AFP