Manchester United is “using August as a testing ground for the current squad and may sign players at the 11th hour,” club sources told Sky Sports News’ James Cooper today. With the transfer deadline next Tuesday at 5pm GMT, United has less than a week to conclude any deals.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson and managing director David Gill have both said that United will make no more signings in the current transfer window. “We’ve done everything we plan to do and it’s not easy doing business at this stage,” Gill told the channel shortly after the Champions League draw. However, the channel reports that the club is willing to move quickly if Ferguson feel the squad needs strengthening this late in the window.
With question marks hanging over several players in the squad – Anderson and Carrick were both left out of the squad taken to Wigan Athletic at the weekend – Ferguson may still decide to dip into the market despite multiple denials to the contrary. The club has recently been linked with former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben, who is available from Real Madrid for a fee of around £22 million.
United signed Dimitar Berbatov for £30.75 million past midnight on the final day of the summer transfer window 2008.