Manchester United's decision to pick up Robin van Persie over the 2012 summer transfer window was instrumental in their Premier League victory this season.
And it seems, according to manager Sir Alex Ferguson, that the Red Devils are going to try and do the same thing again over the 2013 transfer window, with everything reportedly "in place" for the newly crowned league champions to make a big move or two.
Ferguson was quoted as saying (via The Daily Mirror):
Everything is in place for a big signing.
I think that the Glazers have been great. Whenever I have asked, they have delivered. If I ask to go for a certain player, I think they will do that.
When I spoke about value in the market a while back, I was talking about young, developing players.Maybe there has been a wind of change and I could go for a really top player now.We have a nucleus of young players here, but we may spend something.
When it’s a top player, it doesn’t matter what position they play in. I will bring them in if they add to the team. Last season we had [Javier] Hernandez, [Danny] Welbeck and [Wayne] Rooney and we still went out and bought Robin van Persie.
The Red Devils have been linked with a number of key players over the transfer window—as comes with being a big club like United—but it is still unclear as to whether United will spend big or not this summer. After all, they did just win the Premier League and posted strong seasons in the Champions League and FA Cup, and with a strong squad on hand, they don't need to buy a stack of new players.
We're competitive in the market - we're not Chelsea or Manchester City in terms of money but we're competitive. Hopefully the players we bring into the club in the next year or so will be of the quality we need.
The biggest question, then, is who United will pursue this summer.
Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund also continue to see their star attacker, Robert Lewandowski, linked with a move to United. That deal has reportedly been in the makings for over 12 months now, and the rumors don't appear to be ceasing despite Lewandowski's increased value.
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The links go on and on for United this summer, and it is somewhat unclear which players they'll pursue. But given the recent comments from Ferguson this week, it seems more than likely that the Red Devils will again be an active force in the transfer window as they search for title No. 21.
United saw firsthand just how much of an impact one player's arrival in the transfer window can make; can they repeat the same process throughout this summer?
We'll find out soon enough.
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