Manchester United chiefs have been urged to change their transfer priority as they pursue moves for Jadon Sancho and a new centre-back.
Old Trafford icon Andy Cole believes Ed Woodward and co are unnecessarily chasing a new defender, despite spending a fortune on the likes of Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are close to landing Alex Telles at left-back.
But another centre-back is on the agenda with only two weeks left of the summer window.
However, Cole believes another new arrival at the back, along with Sancho, will see United part ways with too much cash in the current climate.
"Naturally everyone is talking about Sancho, everyone is talking about another centre-half," he told Manchester Evening News.
"I think the midfield area now is full of quality.
"People talk about a new left-back, so if you add all of that together, that's a lot of money.
"In terms of centre-halves, we've bought [Victor] Lindelof for £30million, [Eric] Bailly for £30million, [Harry] Maguire £80million, that's a lot of money. What's another centre-half going to cost you?
"And then they're saying we want Sancho, who is another £107million, so we're talking over £200million for two players.
"In this climate, where are we going to get £200million from?"
United remain committed to landing key transfer target Sancho.
But with less than two weeks left of the window remaining, time is running out.
And while transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed talks are ongoing, progress is slow.
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He said: "In this moment Dortmund are in the same position they’ve been in for many weeks.
“They always say they want to keep the player if [United] don’t want to pay the €120m asking price.
“At the moment it’s very complicated because Manchester United haven’t made any moves in the last hours. They either have to pay the €120m or the player will stay this season.
“I am told that Manchester United are still in talks with his agents so the deal isn’t completely off but we will have to see the developments.”
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