New Sheffield United chairman, Prince Musa’ad bin Khalid Al Saud, has given an indication of the club’s transfer budget.
Prince Musa’ad is the son-in-law of Blades owner Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad. The 26-year-old was appointed chairman after Prince Abdullah was granted sole ownership of the club by a High Court ruling.
On the pitch it has been a time of rapid progression. While off it, there is more a feeling of transition.
Yet what many fans want to know is how much the new owner will be investing in the team.
Despite the ongoing court battle between Prince Abdullah and former owner, Kevin McCabe, manager Chris Wilder was given a decent budget in the summer. The club’s transfer record was broken four times, with more than £45m spent on new players.
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With the January window opening in less than a month, speculation has already begun about who United might sign in the new year.
All of this will depend on how much Wilder has to spend. The 52-year-old recently met with Prince Abdullah and director Jan van Winckel in Dubai to discuss just that.
Yet supporters shouldn’t expect the Blades to start splashing the cash. When it comes to their transfer strategy, think less the big spending of Fulham in 2018/19 and more the frugal approach of Burnley.
“Now there is an opportunity to develop the club and move it on to the next level,” Prince Musa’ad told View from the John Street.
“But we are not going to do that by threatening financial stability. We’re not going to be a Fulham or a Stoke.
“If we were to find ourselves back in the Championship, and I don’t think we will, we don’t want to be burdened by big wages which kills clubs in those circumstances.
“It’s gradual steps but the stability and well-being of the club must never be threatened.”