Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has downplayed expectations in the transfer market as Manchester United approach the last three weeks of the window.
United bought Donny van de Beek from Ajax and have made some headway in negotiations for Jadon Sancho but still have to broach the issue of Borussia Dortmund’s £108million asking price.
Solskjaer is open to reinforcing the United squad with a centre-back, a full-back and a back-up striker but most of those deals, if not all, could be put on hold until next year.
“It’s been a strange time and a strange world,” Solskjaer told MUTV. “Financially, I’m sure loads of clubs have suffered. It looks like it as there has not been a lot of activity in the window.
“We’re always looking to improve the squad, scouting players and, if something fits, both the financial bit and the football bit, of course we’ll try to make some business.
“But we can’t know how the markets and how other clubs have been affected either.”
The need for reinforcements is all the more pressing as several United players could miss their only pre-season friendly with Aston Villa on Saturday. Paul Pogba is not match-fit and fellow midfielders Nemanja Matic and Fred have been in quarantine.
Bruno Fernandes has not been at Carrington following international duty as his wife gave birth last week in Portugal. Assuming Fernandes has spent a prolonged period in Portugal this week, he will have to have returned to the UK before 4am this morning to avoid quarantine.
Mason Greenwood is not scheduled to return to first-team training until early next week and Sergio Romero, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Juan Mata have been absent. Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo are training in their own bubble amid the possibility of transfers.