Manchester United are confident they can attract their top targets this summer even if we fail to finish in the Premier League top four.
The Reds are positioned fourth in the Premier League after consecutive wins over Brighton & Hove Albion and Leeds United, although Arsenal appear to be our biggest competitions as they are only four points behind with three games in hand.
Sources at United have told ESPN that the club is prepared to spend in the summer transfer market regardless of whether they qualify for the Champions League. There is clearly an understanding that the next manager will need funds to take the team forward, but it’s definitely going to become more difficult if we miss out on a place in the top four.
United have been linked with players like Declan Rice and Harry Kane, who I can only see moving in the summer if they can guarantee Champions League football. They are already trying to achieve that with their respected clubs West Ham and Tottenham, but hopefully United are the team to stop both teams — as well as Arsenal and Wolves, in the fight for top four.
Of course, United managed to sign Paul Pogba for a world record fee in 2016, ahead of a season that saw Champions League football out of the equation as Jose Mourinho led us to Europa League glory.
ESPN also claim that the new manager will also have an input into the futures of a number of key players who are nearing the end of their contracts. Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard are examples of two who are set to leave on a free in 5 months.
The first transfer window without Ed Woodward pulling the strings — since 2013 — is set to be an intriguing one. We can only hope that they don’t make a mess of it.