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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr 9, 2006

Ferguson to get 'significant' transfer kitty

Manchester United commercial director Andy Anson today revealed Sir Alex Ferguson has been armed with a 'significant' transfer kitty to rebuild his midfield - but confirmed no new funds would be made available from the club's new sponsorship deal.

American International group will be United's sponsors for the next four years after agreeing a British record £56.5million deal, raising hopes among fans that Ferguson would be given more money to spend in the summer.

But while Anson stressed the capital will be poured into the club's coffers in the short term, he insists the Glazer family are happy to bank-role big-money moves for world-class players.

'The money goes into the central pot,' Anson told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

'We manage Manchester United as an integrated business and then we decide where we're going to spend the money at the beginning of each season when we do our budget.

'It's been well documented that the budget for transfers has already been allocated for this year and that remains unchanged.

'That is a big pot of money anyway and Sir Alex Ferguson is confident he can get the players he wants in the summer.

'We've allocated significant funds and everyone on the playing side is convinced we can get the players we want.

'Obviously it depends on the individual players and you spend what you have to get the right world-class players.

'We've all said that getting the right world-class midfield players is a key part of our strategy.

'If we feel we need to get a world class player, as we did with Wayne Rooney last year, then we'll make sure we get him and will strike the best deal.

'What we have to do is go out and get the best value deal and that's something chief executive David Gill is very good at.

'In the past I'm not sure we always achieved that. But David is a shrewd negotiator.'

Anson described the Glazers, the family who won control of United last year, as ' normal people' and insisted their strategy for the club is long term.

'The Glazers are normal people. We deal with them on a day-to-day basis. They're very keen on building United with a long-term view,' he said.

'They're not rushing into anything and want to build the brand over a long period of time. They're very relaxed on the here and now and want things to improve over time.'