Man Utd transfer budget ‘competitive with top European clubs’ at Old Trafford
Manchester United have a ‘competitive’ transfer budget capable of rivaling ‘every other big European club’, journalist says Jacques Talbot.
The Red Devils have endured a relatively frustrating opening month for the transfer window, with no end to the site for their long pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
What is the latest news regarding Man Utd?
New United manager Erik ten Hag has Already added left-back Tyrell Malacia to his first-team Feyenoord with attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen also arriving as a free agent.
Versatile centre-back Lisandro Martinez is also set to arrive from Ten Hag’s former side Ajax in a €55m (£46.7m) deal as the Dutch tactician begins to make his mark in Manchester’s red half.
However, negotiations for De Jong appear to have reached an impasse, with the 25-year-old being included during Barça’s pre-season tour of the United States.
And United appear equally frustrated in their attempts to land winger Antony away from Ajax. OBJECTIVE reported that the Old Trafford outfit are nearly £20million short of the Eredivisie champions’ asking price at the moment.
Ten Hag charges are claimed to have ‘offered’ €60m (£51m) for the Brazil international, but the Amsterdam giants are holding out for €80m (£68m) ).
What did Talbot say about Antoine?
Racking up £68million for Antony would make him United fifth most expensive arrival of all time and would represent a significant expense for a player who has only plied his trade in Brazil and the Netherlands.
But Talbot told GiveMeSport that he has been assured the club has the financial resources to compete with rivals across the continent.
In an interview with GMS, he said: “Man United said me, they have a competitive transfer budget with all the other big European clubs, which just means being limited to FFP.
Who else are Man Utd targeting?
While De Jong and Antony are widely seen as United’s top targets, the club have also been credited with an interest in Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic.
Sky Sports Germany Reliable Reporter Florian Plettenberg revealed the 20-time English champions were “very interested” in the 25-year-old.
Kalajdzic, who is 6-foot-7, scored 24 goals in 57 appearances for Stuttgart, setting up a further nine goals and having just one year left on his contract.