Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reportedly decided that the club will not pay more than £70million for any individual player this summer. The Old Trafford hierarchy are expected to spend big this summer with Jadon Sancho at the top of their shortlist.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that this could be the perfect time to eat up ground on Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
First of all he will have to secure a top-four finish, with the race for Champions League football set to go to a final day showdown with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
The COVID-19 crisis is likely to limit spending from other clubs but United are prepared to go the extra mile to gain an advantage on their fellow rivals.
Woodward is believed to have taken out a loan of £140million to spend on transfers this summer with the club looking to bolster their ranks once the Premier League season is completed.
One thing that does bode well for United is that Sancho wants to join them and personal terms will not prove to be a problem if they can strike an agreement over the fee.
Earlier this week on the High Performance podcast, Solskjaer hinted that he has spoken to Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire about Sancho’s character in the England set-up.
“I think for English internationals, for example, you speak to Marcus [Rashford],” Solskjaer said.
“‘What do you think of such and such team-mate of yours? Do you think he’ll fit?'”
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United are looking to recoup significant funds through sales as Solskjaer looks to move several stars on.
Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are reportedly attracting interest from West Ham while Marcos Rojo is set to stay in Argentina, where he’s been on loan.
Andreas Pereira’s time at the club could also be up, while Roma are looking to secure a permanent deal for Chris Smalling.
Should United bring in enough money, there is every chance their supposed stance on signing players over £70m may change.
Solskjaer is also believed to be in the market for a left-footed centre-back, having joked with Nathan Ake that he was on the lookout following United’s 5-2 win over Bournemouth.
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