Chief Executive Ed Woodward has been discussing Manchester United’s transfer policy this summer, as Louis van Gaal eyes two more signings.
The Red Devils have been praised for completing most of their summer business swiftly – in stark contrast to the previous two summers – with Matteo Darmian, Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinstieger and Morgan Schneiderlin have all arrived in a splurge worth almost £80 million.
And Woodward has outlined to in-house TV channel MUTV how United went about signing the quartet.
“We don’t just read the papers and see who we’re linked to, that’s for sure.
“It’s fairly straightforward, we have a global scouting network, that is all over many, many countries in key markets from a footballing perspective.
“The scouts are watching matches and we have a huge amount of data we purchase and a pyramid approach in terms of delivering that information to our chief scout and his team who are assessing it.
“We’re always able to look at a position and have our view in terms of the list of targets that would suit Manchester United and augment our team.
“That list is then discussed with Louis and his staff and there’s a process of a further analysis being done and once Louis sets his targets – and I think it’s always important to have more than one target by position – you have to accept that sometimes you might not get the first choice for whatever reason, so let’s plan ahead and look at two and three.
“And then all I do is just go and negotiate the deals with the club and then the player. It’s straight-forward, it may not be easy in terms of negotiation.”
Woodward also claims United planned their summer window strategy eight months in advance.
“It’s really September [when it begins]. Once the window has closed your scouts then are starting to look at the key areas where you think you may have weakness and again the whole process starts.
“The manager will have had four more months of work with the squad and have much better visibility of who the ins and outs should be but the work has to have started to get to that point.”
Woodward even admitted an actual transfer list does exist.
“Well, essentially, because we track everything,” he added. “That’s what the scouting team does.”