Manchester United can get bargains this summer in the transfer window, football finance expert Kieran Maguire has claimed. Ed Woodward is set to spend big as he targets Premier League title glory with Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish, of Borussia Dortmund and Aston Villa, their leading targets. And Maguire believes United will be in a good financial position despite the coronavirus crisis.
Speaking on Wednesday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that United would look to exploit other clubs when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.
“Football is going to get back to normality and we have to be ready,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “Of course we discuss players, we discuss plans and we evaluate what we need.
“Us and the coaching staff have discussed games on video calls like this.
“Who knows how the market is going to react to this? Who Knows which clubs need to sell players?
“There might be a situation that we can exploit at Man Utd, we are the biggest [club] and we are well off.
“I am sure we are capable of doing the business that we want too.”
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And football finance expert Maguire believes United will be in a strong position to get bargains this summer.
“In a depressed market anyone with cash is in a strong position,” he told Goal.
“And anyone with a strong balance sheet, and United do have that, will be able to leverage on that and get bargains.
“I think both United and [Manchester] City, I would expect them to be able to benefit from the summer transfer market, assuming there is one.”
Woodward likes to bide his time over transfers in order to get the best possible deal for the club.
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And, this summer, Maguire thinks clubs will have less room to haggle because of the way the coronavirus is likely to impact business.
“Prices will be significantly reduced because clubs have less money,” he continued.
“Buying clubs will have less money because of what’s happened and selling clubs will be more desperate for money so it could be they would blink at the first or second offer.
“I think the transfer window will be severely depleted and those clubs whose business model is based on spotting talent and moving it on for profit they will be very vulnerable.”
Maguire also thinks United will be able to ‘ride out this storm’.
But other clubs may not be so lucky.
“United had £100 million of cash in the bank at the end of December but they will burn through that pretty quickly because their wage bill is £25 million a month,” he said.
“They will start to burn their way through that but they should be fine.
“If there’s one club globally that can ride out this storm better than others I would say it’s United.
“Because they do have a more global fanbase and a greater range of commercial partners than anyone else.”
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