Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Sky Sports he is trying hard to pick out the right transfer targets for Manchester United this summer.
Solskjaer appreciates that the financial situation around the world makes this transfer market more unpredictable.
Nonetheless he insists he will put forward proposals which are sensible, and benefit the club long term.
He told Sky Sports: “There’s got to be realism. I think the whole world has changed both financially and the perception that we’ve got on values. Every time I put the case in front of Ed (Woodward) I think it’s a sensible one and it’s a realistic one.
“I think I’ve proven to the club that I’ve always got the club at the front of my mind. I don’t think short term or personally that this would fit me for a short space of time.
“I’ll always think long term and try to make good deals. I’m always quite careful with money – my personal money as well.”
Easier to fit one criteria than the other
It is easier for Solskjaer to tick the long-term transfer target box, than it is for the realistic price criteria.
For instance Jack Grealish may be a wise addition to United’s squad and strengthen the team’s depth, but if Aston Villa insist on £80 million, as The Mirror suggest, then United should walk away.
Better value players to fulfil the same or similar roles. United’s best hope is for Villa to be relegated, something we can help impact with a win against them tonight, and watch their asking price drop.
Jadon Sancho is a different situation. He certainly ticks the box for being a player for the long-term at just 20-years-old.
What is sensible with regard to price, appears to differ between United and Borussia Dortmund at present.
The Telegraph reported last month that Dortmund want £115 million. United are looking to avoid paying nine-figure sum, so currently we have a stand-off.
Also planning to convince Pogba
Solskjaer has confirmed the club are also hoping to renew Paul Pogba’s contract, having tied up deals for Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay over the past fortnight.
He said: “Hopefully we can do something. I know that since Paul came back from injury he’s looking better and better. He’s just enjoying his football and let’s see where it takes us.”
One way United can help persuade Pogba is by securing more new signings this summer. He has seen the club improve over the last year, and he will not be happy if there is any complacency now.
Solskjaer’s comments indicate strongly that United plan to strengthen. It is just a case of ensuring all the transfer fees add up, and that our club’s perception of a good deal tallies up with the selling club’s valuation.
One club, if not both, are going to have to compromise somewhere.
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