Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that Manchester United’s transfer business isn’t over yet, with the club working on “a few cases”.
It’s been a rather underwhelming summer for United, who have only welcomed two new players to their ranks in Swansea City winger Daniel James and Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Based on recent reports, though, that could quickly change should they indeed pursue moves for Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire and Juventus striker Paulo Dybala.
Both stars have been on United’s radar in recent weeks amid unsettling futures at their own clubs. Whether or not the English giants will pursue their interest remains uncertain at this stage.
Should the rumours be true, however, Maguire could head to Old Trafford for £80m. While United could offload Romelu Lukaku to Juventus as part of a swap deal for Dybala.
Nonetheless, Solskjaer is satisfied with the club’s summer activity in what has been a “very hard” transfer market.
“We’re looking good. Of course, we’ve been working on a few cases over the summer. It’s never easy,” the Red Devils boss told Sky Sports.
“The club has been very good and the market is very hard. We’re trying to get to the start of the season with the squad that we want.”
Unfortunately, for Solskjaer, time is definitely not on his side with just a week left until the Premier League transfer window shutdowns. And it’s clear the Norwegian is far from happy about it.
“I think we have picked the short straw, to be fair,” added Solskjaer.
“When our league starts there is still three more weeks that clubs can be hovering around our players.
“I don’t think it is a good one for us, no.”
Solskjaer, on the other hand, did confirm that Eric Bailly’s likely four to five-month absence, due to a knee injury, will not cause him to undergo a last-minute search for a new defender.
The 46-year-old will also have to name his new captain shortly, with United’s Premier League opener against Chelsea coming up on August 11.
David de Gea, Ashley Young, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba are all in the running to become Antonio Valencia’s full-time successor at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær has the latest on Manchester United's transfer business – and bemoans the early closing of the window compared to other leagues pic.twitter.com/Hc5gYeMLlT
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