Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted the uncertainty is growing over Manchester United’s summer plans. Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is top of the Norwegian’s wishlist but the latest update suggests a deal for the 20-year-old is growing ever more unlikely.
Dortmund will not stand in Sancho’s way if he wants to return to the Premier League, three years after he left Manchester City.
However, the Bundesliga side are only open to doing business if their £115million valuation has been met.
United’s revenue streams have been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak and Solskjaer has admitted his side may be in a worse position than their rivals.
His latest statement casts a big shadow over whether the Red Devils will have the funds to take Sancho to Old Trafford this summer.
“We’ll need to wait and see how things are panning out to know the real effects of the pandemic, to know what sort of financial state we are in,” Solskjaer said.
“You will see some teams invest and some teams don’t. We’ll have to take a big look at things ourselves to see how hard we’ve been hit.
“It’s not for me to say we are going to have X amount because I don’t really know.
“We are a financially strong club, but we are also probably being hit more than anybody else.”
United may have to rethink how they attack the next transfer window and look at alternatives to Sancho.
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But once supporters are allowed to return to Old Trafford Solskajer thinks his club can get back to trading as normal.
“Let’s see how quickly we can get our fans back into the stadium,” Solskjaer added.
“Of course the league position is going to be important for us this season. If we can get the FA Cup or Europa League, which can also qualify you for the Champions League.
“There’s still a lot of uncertainty and these three or four months, every businessman in the world, every footballer in the world, I think everyone is still unsure what the effect will be.”
Meanwhile, Solskjaer is gearing up for this afternoon’s FA Cup clash with Norwich and there could be changes aplenty.
“Of course we’re playing so many games in a short space of time, and it’s great seeing the players being in good form,” the United boss said.
“I know that we’ve got so many others wanting to play as well, so there will have to be a few changes, because there’s a game again on Tuesday and then Saturday.
“That’s the pleasure of being a manager: when to give players a chance and when to give players a rest. Because we are still early on in this restart period, and it’s going to be a long period.
“Hopefully it’ll end on August 21 [the day of the Europa League final], so we’re going to have many games ahead of us. But we’re solely focused on this one now. The FA Cup is a great tournament, and we’ve started the preparations.”