Man Utd CEO Richard Arnold tells protestors club ‘doing everything possible’ to get Frenkie de Jong transfer deal done
MANCHESTER UNITED CEO Richard Arnold has told fans the club are doing “everything possible” to get a deal for Frenkie de Jong over the line.
The Red Devils are yet to secure their first signing of the summer in what has been a slow start to the transfer window for the Premier League giants.
Over the weekend, CEO Arnold had a stunning encounter with anti-Glazer protests in a Cheshire pub ahead of the group heading to his home.
And he opened up about Man Utd’s situation, telling supporters the club had wasted £1BILLION and that they cannot upgrade their stadium or training ground without new investment.
Arnold was then also asked about Barcelona midfielder De Jong – who has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer.
Speaking on a video posted to social media, he can be heard saying: “As a club we’re doing everything possible to get the deal done.
“I’ve been up for days trying to get it done, the money is there but there’s things standing in our way which I can’t say.”
Man Utd finished sixth in the Premier League last season, missing out on qualification for the Champions League.
Angry fans were gathered in a boozer and planning to protest at Arnold’s house over a lack of new signings so far this summer.
Arnold, who replaced Ed Woodward on February 1, got wind of the meeting and headed to the Boot Inn pub in Kelsall, Cheshire, to buy drinks for fans in an attempt to placate them.
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But in a brutal assessment of the state of the club, he said: “We’ve f***ing burned through cash. We spent a billion pounds on players, we spent more than anyone in Europe.
“I am not thrilled with where we are, it doesn’t sit easy and we’ve got to get this sorted. You can’t go to our training ground and go ‘show me where that billion pounds is here’.
“I don’t think we’ve done well with the money we’ve spent historically.
“We’ve blown through an enormous amount of money. Last year was a f***ing nightmare. I was hating every minute of it.”
And in a direct dig at Woodward, he added: “Do you want me buying the players? Doesn’t that ring a bell?
“For the future, for investing in a new stadium and that sort of stuff, for a £250m training ground, we’ve got to do something, we’ve got to get investors in.
“I need that to do what I want for the club — I’ve got to have more cash than I have now.”
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