25 million Plus One Free Galactico

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While the Glazers have manager to fly under the radar for the most part, there’s still some bubbling discontent with Manchester United’s new American owners. But the first real material for those looking for a reason to pick a fight with anyone named Glazer has come with the revelations in The Times about their plans for the club’s transfer strategy, which includes:

– Transfer budget of 25 million annually for bits and pieces.
– Another 25 million set aside for a ‘superstar’ whose talent is on par with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, and John O’Shea. A ‘Galactico’, if you will, that will raise United’s commercial profile as well and help pay off some debt.
– Ticket prices are going up, up, up!

The lads over at Red Cafe are all throwing their arms up over the financial side of things, arguing share price and other rather uninteresting things. It’s that 25-50 million transfer budget that we’re thinking about. Not bad at all and while its still not anywhere near the kind of cash Mourinho throws around wildly each season, it should be plenty to allow Ferguson to flesh out his squad enough to challenge on all fronts. This, of course, assumes that he’s fired the entire scouting team that brought him Eric Djemba-Djemba, Kleberson, Massimo Taibi, and Juan Sebastian Veron. Otherwise that 25 million isn’t going to go very far at all.