April 20, 2021

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Manchester United open to signing a striker in transfer window

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United are open to signing a long-term striker amid issues with their current goalscorers.

Edinson Cavani, 34, has impressed since he joined United on deadline day in October but the club is yet to extend the one-year option in his contract.

Anthony Martial, 25, has started double the number of games Cavani has but has as many goals – seven – and has netted twice in his last 15 games. Mason Greenwood, 19, started up front at Chelsea on Sunday yet has managed just four goals in a testing second season.

United manager Solskjaer is an admirer of Tottenham figurehead Harry Kane and is still in touch with Borussia Dortmund marksman Erling Haaland, having managed him at Molde before trying to bring Haaland to United last season.

“We’re always looking to improve our squad, of course we are,” Solskjaer said. “I would never ever start to think the way you think about Edinson turning 35 next year because he’s just turned 34. You and I have different mentalities – that’s a completely different way of thinking.

“And I always say with Mason, Anthony and Edinson, when we can really get them firing that means we’re a very good team. But we’re always looking at better players, of course we are.”

United are due to announce their financial results for the second quarter on Thursday and it is possible the club could go through the whole season without welcoming any paying fans inside Old Trafford.

The club spent £76.6million in initial fees on Donny van de Beek, Amad, Facundo Pellistri and Alex Telles in the summer, and signed Cavani on a free, having spent £140m in the previous summer. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is expected to impact spending across Europe in the upcoming summer transfer window and Solskjaer has predicted fewer transfers in the next market.

“It’s definitely affecting everyone in football, the pandemic,” Solskjaer acknowledged. “Of course, the lack of income, the finances, has affected everyone. It might affect us all well.

“We have to be realistic and responsible in the way we do our business both on and off the pitch. There are improvements on the training ground, stadium – we have to look at the whole picture. Where can we spend the money? And how much is there? It’s just the real world now. It has changed.

“You can look at it in different ways [with a] rebuild. We also have players in the academy that we now can maybe give opportunities for. All clubs in the world are going through the same situation, so it’s no different for other clubs than for us.

“I think there’s just going to be less and less transfers happening in the world of football with all these changes.”

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