April 25, 2020, 05:12 IST changed
Ed Woodward, executive vice-chairman of Manchester United, warned that there was talk of running large sums of money this season, ignoring the financial realities facing the clubs.
Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho and Tottenham forward Harry Kane have been linked with a move to the Premier League giants’ next transfer window.
However, the coronavirus epidemic can affect the club financially and potentially affect the timing of the transfer window.
Woodward wanted more clarity, but said rumors of large sums of money were circulating.
“No one should be confused about the scale of everyone’s challenge in football and it may not be the usual ‘business’ for any club, including us, in this summer’s transfer market,” he told the United Fans’ Forum on Friday. Through the Guardian.
“As usual the success of our priority team But before we talk about getting back to normal we need time for our transfer window, and visibility of impact across the industry, including a broader financial picture.
“On this basis, I can’t help but feel that the speculation about the transfer of a private player for a few million pounds this summer seems to ignore the reality facing the sport.”
The Premier League season was fifth in the table with United last month and was still alive in the Europa League and FA Cup.
Woodward is keen to see the campaign again, but has accepted that it could possibly resume behind closed doors.
“Like all of you, we are keen to get the team back on the field, it is safe to do so as soon as we are advised, hopefully to end a season that still has so much promise for us in the Premier League in Europe. After the league and FA Cup suspension,” he said.
“We are in constant dialogue with our board of directors about when and how this will happen and we will be involved with this forum to get the advice of the fans.
“And while it may be necessary to play games behind closed doors in the short term, we all recognize that football will not become perfectly normal until fans are in attendance again.”