Man Utd chief gives worrying update on January & summer transfer plans

John Murtough has warned Manchester United fans to expect fewer signings in the future.
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Manchester United had a busy summer transfer window this year, bringing in six senior players.

After a slow start in the market, the Red Devils added Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen before the season, while Casemiro, Antony and Martin Dubravka followed, although the latter’s transfer was a loan deal from Newcastle United.

But it’s unlikely United will make a similar number of signings next summer, while a quiet January window is also anticipated.

That’s due to comments made by the club’s football director, John Murtough, this week.

He explained that United are “ahead of schedule in our recruitment plans” following a summer where the Red Devils spent over £200m.

United’s website added: “This meant there was unlikely to be the same level of activity in future transfer windows that we saw in the summer.”

Antony was United’s most expensive summer signing. Credit: Getty.Antony was United’s most expensive summer signing. Credit: Getty.
Antony was United’s most expensive summer signing. Credit: Getty.

While that may be a concern for supporters, with United still lagging behind the leading lights of English and European football, Murtough did say he will continue to provide funds available for high-quality players.

“We will continue to support Erik [ten Hag] in ensuring he has players with the right quality and characters to achieve success, while ensuring that investment remains consistent with our commitment to financial sustainability,” he said.

United’s decision to invest in fewer players next summer may also be due to the club announcing a net loss of £115.5m in their latest financial statement, while debt has increased to £514.9m.

The Red Devils also have the highest-ever wage bill in the Premier League, while fans will be frustrated by the £33.6m dividends paid out.