Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has predicted the pandemic could lead to quiet summer transfer window across the world of football.
As per the Manchester Evening News, Solskjaer says Manchester United could be affected but doesn’t expect us to be the only ones.
The January transfer window was the lowest-spending in Premier League terms since 2015 with clubs still feeling the financial impact of the last 12 months.
“It’s definitely affecting everyone in football, the pandemic,” said Solskjaer. “The lack of income, the finances, has affected everyone. It might affect us as well. We have to be realistic and responsible in the way we do our business both on and off the pitch.
“There are improvements on the training ground, stadium – we have to look at the whole picture. Where can we spend the money? And how much is there? It’s just the real world now. It has changed.
“You can look at it in different ways [with a] rebuild. We also have players in the academy that we now can maybe give opportunities for.
“All clubs in the world are going through the same situation, so it’s no different for other clubs than for us. I think there’s just going to be less and less transfers happening in the world of football with all these changes.”
Jadon Sancho was United’s big target last summer but in the end they didn’t get anywhere close to Borussia Dortmund’s huge valuation.
It remains to be seen whether asking prices are adjusted to account for the new financial landscape or if players remain out of reach even for the biggest clubs.
There was a mixed reaction to Solskjaer’s comments on social media.
A fair section of United’s support accepted them as sensible; evidence that even mega-rich football clubs have been impacted by the global situation which has affected us all.
But some felt that the manager was already managing expectations ahead of another summer window where the Glazers and Ed Woodward fail to deliver.
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