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Ed Woodward doubts any big-money signings this summer

Ed Woodward doubts any big money signings

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With countless players being linked to a summer move to Manchester United, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward reminded everyone during United’s annual quarterly fan forum call that the big-money moves might not be happening given the current crisis.

“On this basis, I cannot help feeling that speculation around transfers of individual players for hundreds of millions of pounds this summer seems to ignore the realities that face the sport.”

Woodward added, “we have always believed that our commercial model gives us greater resilience than most clubs, and we are grateful for the enduring support of our commercial partners in helping us achieve that.

“However, nobody should be under any illusions about the scale of the challenge facing everyone in football and it may not be ‘business as usual’ for any clubs, including ourselves, in the transfer market this summer.

“As ever our priority is the success of the team, but we need visibility of the impact across the whole industry, including timings of the transfer window, and the wider financial picture, before we can talk about a return to normality.”

With those statements, the possibility of Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish or Jude Bellingham coming to Old Trafford this year just took a hit.

It is hard to say what will happen once matches play, hopefully, teams will be looking to move players as manager Ole Gunner Solksjaer thinks, but we might need to hold our breath fans were hoping to see Sancho run out in the number seven jersey of Manchester United.

Six weeks have passed since Manchester United last took to the field, dominating in a 5-0 victory at LASK in a Europa League tie played in front of empty stands due to Austria’s coronavirus restrictions.