Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the transfer market will be ‘completely different’ this summer due to the coronavirus crisis, potentially hampering a deal for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.
The Red Devils have backed their manager in recent transfer windows, spending £67.7million to prise Bruno Fernandes away from Sporting Lisbon in January, and were expecting to spend big again this summer.
Solskjaer still wants another creative, attacking midfielder – with both Grealish and Leicester City’s James Maddison on his radar – as well as defensive reinforcements and a backup striker.
But clubs across Europe are dealing with the significant financial implications of the Covid-19 pandemic and, despite United being in a healthier position than many clubs, Solskjaer has warned that their transfer strategy could be affected too.
Asked about United’s approach to transfers this summer, Solskjaer told Sky Sports’ The Football Show: ‘I think today’s world is different to what it was two months ago and we’ve got to adjust and adapt.
‘There are clubs out there struggling more than us financially.
‘But still, it’s a new world and I think the transfer market will be completely different to what everyone thought it was going to be.
‘We’re always looking to improve the squad. There’s uncertainty in the market now.
‘Who knows how football is going to be and how the market is going to be. I’m very happy with the squad I’ve got.’
Villa are believed to be hoping for around £70m for skipper Grealish, who has enjoyed an exceptional season in the Premier League scoring seven goals and laying on six assists.
However, it remains to be seen if United will be prepared to meet that valuation in the current financial climate, while they have a host of other deals they are exploring including potentially turning Odion Ighalo’s loan stay into a permanent £15m move.
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