Erik ten Hag was expected to completely overhaul the Manchester United squad this summer when he arrived from Ajax but thus far, only three signings have been completed.
Christian Eriksen signed on a free transfer, Tyrell Malacia was signed from Feyenoord for a relatively small fee and Lisandro Martinez followed Ten Hag to Old Trafford.
Casemiro, the Real Madrid and Brazil star, will join in the coming days after United announced that a deal had been agreed with the Spanish giants.
Still, United’s expenditure this summer has been modest but according to reports, that could be about to change as the Glazer family loosen their purse strings.
According to The Times, United’s under-fire owner have sanctioned a late flurry of high-value bids for players the club is interested in. The remarkable development comes just weeks after United haggled over £11m with Barcelona.
As per the report, Ajax winger Antony is one of the players United have now set their sights on amid their newly inherited spending power.
These suggestions were corroborated by journalist Tom McDermott, who says that one agent revealed that the Glazer family have ‘relaxed’ the transfer budget in recent weeks. The pursuit of Marko Arnautovic being abandoned in favour of moves for Casemiro and Antony are named as examples of the fresh stance.
There’s no way back for the Glazer family with the United fans – the relationship is broken to the point of no salvation and a flurry of transfers before Monday’s planned protests is not going to ease the impact against Liverpool.
The campaign to drive United’s owners out of the club has gained more momentum than ever and it can only be assumed that the Glazer family are trying to offset that by appeasing supporters.
In truth, the cash injection offered to Ten Hag will most likely be written off as debt by the club in order to increase the club’s value in the stock market ahead of a potential sale.
It must be stressed that supporters’ stance on the Glazer family cannot change despite increasing investment in the side.