World record transfer fee can be broken – Man Utd's Ed Woodward

Gareth Bale’s switch from Tottenham to Real Madrid set a new record for the most expensive signing of all time costing £85million.
Barcelona shelled out £75m to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool and Real Madrid paid £63m for World Cup star James Rodriguez, United’s executive vice-chairman Woodward insists they can afford such fees.
“It is in our capabilities to spend £60m, £70m, £80m on a player – and we would not be afraid to do that,” he said.
“There is no budget. We are in a very strong financial position. We can make big signings.
“Whether it’s a record or not doesn’t really resonate with us.
“What resonates is a top, top elite player that the manager wants that is going to be a star for Manchester United.
“I get pointed in the direction of a target that the manager wants and there is an assessment of what that might cost and I’ll negotiate hard to do the best I can on the trade.”
Woodward endured a difficult first summer in the transfer market, failing to land a number of targets for then manager David Moyes.
Moves for Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, Gareth Bale and even Cristiano Ronaldo all failed to materialise and Woodward admits he has to earn the trust of fans. “You gain credibility through experience and through time,” he added.
“You can’t expect credibility from day one and I wouldn’t ask that of the fans.
“You keep learning on the job and I’ll continue to learn for a long period of time.
“I don’t mind reading (criticism) because it’s extremely important for me to listen to the fans.
“Criticism can change into positive comments over a period of time.”

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