While several of his rivals have been splashing the cash this summer, Sir Alex Ferguson has remained quite reserved in the transfer market and has not made any big money signings. It appears as though this could be the case for the remainder of the summer as well, with Ferguson claiming that he is not prepared to spend ludicrous amounts of money just to land a target.
At the time of writing, United have just purchased two players in the form of Nick Powell and Shinji Kagawa. It would be fair to say that the signing of Powell was one for the future and set back the Red Devils just £4m, while Kagawa was hardly a big money signing in today’s market with the club paying approximately £12m.
While there have been several other players linked with United, it appears as though Fergie is not going to be held to ransom and will never compromise on the value he places on a target.
In fact, while talking about United’s transfer policy, the 70-year-old has taken a swipe at Chelsea’s move for Eden Hazard. It’s a well-known fact that United were keen admirers of Hazard, yet they were pipped to the post following a huge £34m deal by the Blues. According to Ferguson, such a price was ridiculous and claims that his value was significantly lower than this.
He said, “I see some values on players, like Hazard for instance. To me it was a lot of money. He’s a good player, but £34m? It’s all about what you think is value for a player. I am not envious of those deals at all. We placed a value on Hazard which was well below what they were talking about. So if it doesn’t work, well we’re not worried about that. We think we’ve got good value in Kagawa.”
However, considering the huge amounts of money that the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City have available, it remains to be seen if such a prudent approach will continue to be effective.