Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes transfer admission amid Sancho, Telles interest
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has conceded that the club’s transfer strategy for this summer was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, but insisted he wants to continue spending where possible.
United have only brought in one player so far this summer despite being tipped to be one of the biggest-spending clubs in the world.
The club’s financial position was reportedly strong, to the point that they were expected to sign Jadon Sancho for £108million as well as a new defender.
With a fortnight before the transfer window closes, however, they’ve only signed one player.
Donny van de Beek became the first player through the door at Old Trafford after United forked out £40m for his services from Ajax.
They are still refusing to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £108m valuation for Sancho, however, and are running the risk of missing out on the winger, who is their top target.
United have already agreed a five-year deal with the 20-year-old forward, but are now facing the prospect of being unable to sign him. They are expected to make another bid later on in the window in an attempt to get Dortmund to reduce their demands.
Speaking on Friday, Solskjaer insisted he still wanted to continue strengthening the squad, but conceded that it’s difficult because of the financial uncertainty surrounding football at the moment.
He said: “You can’t ignore the impact on the coronavirus.
“I think that’s really changed the market. It has been more or less in a period that maybe negotiations will happen.
“Of course the financial uncertainty of that has added to the difficulty of predicting where we’re at. You want always to have as long as possible with players.
“I think last season though shows that good players can adapt and get into a group quickly.
“Harry [Maguire] came in very late in the transfer window and had a great impact on the performances in the team.”
Solskjaer also conceded that it’s tough to convince teams to part ways with top-class players.
He added: “Of course I want players in the building that we want to work with and who want to be a part of it and who want to be here,” he said.
“One, you need the quality on the pitch. You also need the personal qualities and to really want to be here, and you need to show that you want to be here. That’s really important for us as a group, that we move forward.
“It’s not as big a pool as for other clubs, because part of Man United and being good enough is one thing. Then you’ve got another club that probably want to keep that type of player of that quality.”