Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Manchester United will have a reduced transfer budget next summer after they signed Bruno Fernandes for €55m in January.
The Red Devils had been tracking the Portuguese playmaker since 2018/19, the club eventually luring him way from Sporting CP on deadline day. Though his arrival means there will be less funds available, United's recruitment efforts could be boosted by the sale of Paul Pogba.
According to the Evening Standard, Pogba is edging nearer to an Old Trafford exit, with officials expecting him to leave over the off-season. If he is to do so, however, it would likely take a fee of close to £150m, their valuation of the Frenchman.
James Maddison and Jadon Sancho are understood to be top targets for Solskjaer, but the latter has admitted the purchase of Fernandes has impacted funding, saying: "Of course, signings and expenditure will affect your budget.
"It won’t be six or seven coming in, definitely. It will be a similar window. But, here we go again, January is not even done, but we are talking about the summer window. Hopefully we can do our business early on."
The Norwegian then touched on the lessons the Red Devils have learned from recent transfer window, noting that United are looking to finish their business earlier this time around.
He stated: "There were different reasons for [our late transfer activity last summer], and I don’t have to go into all those reasons. I don’t think everyone has a right to know what is going on behind the scenes and why we do certain things at times, because there might be different stuff going on.
"I am happy and I am confident that this group will keep on improving and that we will work to improve and we are a group going together. We want to try to build towards a team that will challenge for the title and trophies so we want to keep our best players. We can play them together."
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Source : 90min