Sunday 19 January 2020

Window is not clear for Ole this summer

Daniel James
Daniel James

Manchester United are attempting a summer rebuild as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to put a disappointing campaign in the rear-view mirror.

It is just eight weeks until the Premier League transfer window closes. Here's a look the club's plans and the work required.

What business do United want to get done?

While the search continues for a technical director reporting to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, the club are in numerous discussions regarding potential transfers.

Talented Daniel James became Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing on Wednesday when completing his £18m move from Swansea.

James fits the profile of the young, British players they would like to sign where possible, as do Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Leicester defender Harry Maguire - two players that are of interest to the Old Trafford giants.

However, signing experience cannot be ruled out as the club are aware of the need for leadership within the squad.

What issues stand in the way?

The transfer market is tougher than ever, even for a club of United's standing. Premier League sides at a lower rung than United can reject interest in their best players, unlike when United used to be able to poach the likes of Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick.

Then there are the inflated asking prices. United are understood to be willing to pay big bucks for the right person, but the price is driven by the desperation of the buyer - plus, in United's case, the size of the club.

Who will be leaving?

Paul Pogba has been the subject of widespread links to an exit, but there has remained an insistence from United that the France midfielder is not for sale.

Romelu Lukaku is understood to be open to a move to Italy, while the future of out-of-sorts Alexis Sanchez is up to Solskjaer.

Juan Mata remains in discussions with United ahead of his contract expiring while the impasse with David de Gea over a new deal remains.

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