Manchester United’s vice chairman Ed Woodward is lining up a spending spree worth £200m ahead of the summer transfer window, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho shelled out a total of £146 to secure the services of Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba last summer, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic signing on a free transfer.
The Portuguese has been met with a series of astronomical valuations for transfer targets this time around: Torino’s Andrea Belotti, reportedly in talks with the club, has a release clause of £87m; signing Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, who has only managed 44 starts in four seasons, would require a sum of around £70m.
And according to the Mirror‘s James Robson, Man United will spend up to £200m – a world record amount – this summer to secure their targets in preparation for the 2017/18.
Clubs like Torino and Everton – who have hilariously valued Romelu Lukaku, yet to play in the Champions League or turn up in a big game, at around £90m – know perfectly well that they can fill their boots when United come knocking.
This is just how the financial hierarchy works when it comes to transfers, but it feels like the market, even for its ridiculous standards, has inflated over the past year. £200m could probably secure three targets for Mourinho over the next month or so – Woodward and Co will, no doubt, have to work their negotiating magic before pre-season starts in July.