EXCLUSIVE | By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Manchester United plan to make a superstar signing every summer as they press ahead with their ambitious transfer plans, Football Insider sources understand.
The Premier League’s highest revenue generators will not be put off by their failure to secure a number of high profile targets during the recently closed window.
Enquiries and bids were made for the likes of Gareth Bale, Neymar, Sergio Ramos, Thomas Muller, Pedro and Marco Reus but none came to fruition.
United did manage to make one high profile signing, in the shape of Bastian Schweinsteiger, although it was regarded as a more simple deal because Bayern Munich were willing sellers.
The Premier League club have spent £300million on new signings since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in May 2013, with the heaviest investment on record signing Angel Di Maria, who cost £59million, and 19-year-old Anthony Martial, who cost £43million rising to a potential £58million.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and manager Louis van Gaal were armed with a £200million kitty this summer to spend on transfer fees, although a sizeable portion of it was left untouched after their moves for targets such as Bale were rebuffed.
Sources have told Football Insider that the United target and recruitment policy will be unaffected by these knockbacks and there is no plan to abandon their ambitious plans to sign the world’s best players.
United have the funds to continue with an aggressive spending plan, predominantly due to the huge commercial deals raked in by Woodward’s former department.