Manchester United fans could be set for another summer of uncertainty as ongoing boardroom discussions fail to give any conclusion about how much money will be available for future signings.
Recent reports have stated that the Glazer family are still figuring out what kind of budget can be put aside for signings despite the urgency noted by football director John Murtough.
It comes at a time when numerous ex Man Utd legends are coming out of the woodwork to urge the club to release funds for new signings.
After yet another season without any silverware, it could be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last chance to prove himself to the United boardroom.
Solksjaer said that he needed, ‘Two or three players to strengthen the starting XI and the squad all together is important for us to go even further,’ after the Europa Cup final disappointment.
But whether the Glazers are willing to hand over the cash remains to be seen. So what can be done to change the team’s fortunes?
Defensive issues still at large
The much-vaunted arrival of Harry Maguire has failed to solve any of United’s defensive frailties.
While there is no doubting the England star’s abilities, there still seem to be structural weaknesses in central defence with Victor Lindelof looking increasingly lacking in confidence.
Similarly, Aaron Wan-Bissaka might be a naturally gifted right-back, he has yet to show the ability to spring forward like others in his position.
As such, there has been real urgency put upon Solskjaer to solve these defensive issues by getting the Glazers to get their chequebook out.
Current rumours suggest that United could be ready to snap up the Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier, although there’s also some gossip stating that Raphaël Varane could be set to leave Real Madrid to come to Old Trafford as a centre-back.
The Sancho issue
It wasn’t massively surprising to find that Manchester United’s £67 million bid for Jadon Sancho had been rejected.
Not only had Borussia Dortmund been asking for in excess of £75m for the 21-year old, but United wanted to pay the lesser fee over a period of five years rather than the four years requested by the German club.
It’s yet to be seen whether United will put in another bid for the promising youngster, but it’s clear that more needs to be done to boost the team’s attack.
According to playersbest.com, the majority of bookmakers still have United down as second best to Manchester City in terms of claiming the next Premier League table.
Much of this could be put down to the problems that United have been having up front. If Edinson Cavani were a couple of years younger, he would be the dream centre forward for Solskaer.
The 34-year old added another year to his contract, but it’s evident that United will have to splash out some big money in order to attract a suitable forward.
Like most big clubs, United have been repeatedly linked with Tottenham’s want-away star, Harry Kane.
But with United being unwilling or unable to pay the minimum fee for Sancho, it seems highly unlikely that they would be able to afford the asking price for Kane that’s thought to be in excess of £100 million.
The same applies for Sancho’s Borussia Dortmund teammate Erling Haaland who is now looking increasingly likely to be heading to Chelsea next year.
Such a promising player would be a dream for United and it’s surprising that there hasn’t been any serious noise made about bringing him to Old Trafford.
Current United strikers like Anthony Martial have struggled with form in the past few months, while Marcus Rashford seems to prefer to play away from the centre forward role.
All of which means that Solskjaer faces another tricky summer transfer period until the Glazers decide to open their wallets.
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