Shahid Khan has discussed how Fulham could have sold players for over £100million this January but turned down all approaches to give the side a chance of staying in the Premier League.
An unnamed Chinese club reportedly made a £50m move for top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic in the January transfer window but it was very quiet on the outgoing front, with only Aboubakar Kamara and Stefan Johansen leaving the club.
It’s well known that Fulham made £100m worth of signings in the summer, bringing in 12 new faces, but despite that they currently sit in the relegation zone in the Premier League having won just four games at time of writing.
In his pre-Manchester United programme notes, Khan has revealed how Fulham could have conceded and consigned themselves to relegation, but instead turned down the advancements in order to try and keep the side in the Premier League.
He said: “We could have conceded and been sellers in January.
To that point, after investing more than £100million in the summer in a clear mission to compete, we stayed loyal to our commitment by turning down more than £100m in January to sell players to clubs in Europe and China.
“Why? Because we wanted to give this squad very opportunity to compete, to show the fight I know is inside them and to be the one we’ll remember making a dramatic and successful late run to safety.
” Fulham made three new signings in January, bringing in Ryan Babel, Harvard Nordtveit and Lazar Markovic on deals that will all expire at the end of the season.
Fans were disappointed that more business wasn’t done and that key positions, such as central defence, weren’t addressed by the club’s recruitment department, but Khan has addressed those concerns in his programme notes.
He has said that all three came with Claudio Ranieri’s approval, something that was a problem under former boss Slavisa Jokanovic, and that Fulham would have done more business had the ‘dynamics’ of the transfer window allowed it.
He added: “In that spirit, we made three investments in January in Ryan Babel, Harvard Nordtveit and Lazar Markovic, all three coming with Claudio’s endorsement.
“Our spend in January significantly exceeded the revenue in from loaning out Aboubakar Kamara and Stefan Johansen, and we would have been open for more business had the dynamics of the January transfer window been more favourable.
“The overall lack of transfer activity across all leagues, however, speaks to the nature of the January period, and I must again emphasis that we have a talented unit – as evidence by the great interest in purchasing a number of our top contributors – that can and should be capable of making a run, especially with three new players with Premier League experience recently joining the club.