Manchester United will be able to outspend their rivals for any of their transfer targets this summer, including Jadon Sancho and Wissam Ben-Yedder, despite the club reporting net debts of over £400million. That’s the opinion of ESPN pundit Julien Laurens, who warned that United are unlikely to “go crazy” in the upcoming window.
United announced on Thursday that their debt had risen to £429m from last year.
Reports suggest the debt had risen by £130m due to the fact they paid Harry Maguire’s transfer fee in cash last summer.
They have been heavily linked with multiple players this summer, including Sancho and Ben Yedder.
Jack Grealish has also been targeted, with reports suggesting United could fork out up to £170m in the upcoming window.
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But Thursday’s announcement cast doubt upon those rumours, with fans fearing the club wouldn’t have the funds to buy their targets.
However, Laurens insisted that United will still be able to outspend their rivals due to their cash reserves – reportedly up to £240m.
He warned that while they are unlikely to do anything irresponsible, they will have huge amounts to spend.
Speaking on ESPN FC, Laurens predicted that United will be cautious in the upcoming window while trying to sign their top targets.
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“Clearly, the money is there,” he said. “That doesn’t mean they are going to spend all of that, they will probably try to be cautious.
“At least you know that even though the debt has increased, there’s enough cash for them to spend in the summer.
“United are in a very strong position, which is good for them.
“They’re in a unique position because they have that firepower financially.
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“A lot of big clubs won’t have that [financial clout in the summer].
“It will make the difference when they go for a Sancho, for example, or a Ben Yedder.
“When you go to all those targets they have in all those departments, they’ll be stronger than everyone else.
“That doesn’t mean that they’ll spend £500million or go crazy, but at least they’ll be in a very strong position unlike everyone else.”
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