Manchester United have sealed one deal in the form of Daniel James, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to reshape this Red Devils squad into one that fits his tactics and ideologies.
Wheeling and dealing in the market is easier said than done. There’s huge money involved in signing players and it can become quite tedious at times.
According to a report from the Evening Standard, it is being claimed that United are ‘growing frustrated’ over the prices being quoted for the British talent that Solskjaer is chasing.
Apparently, even pushing the James deal over the line was a problem as United wanted to seal a deal for £10million, but in the end they could end up forking out £22million for the Wales international if all add-ons are met.
Solskjaer moved in for James because United were being quoted over £40million when they enquired about AFC Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser.
The 20-time Premier League champions are also interested in Aaron Wan-Bissaka, although Cyrsal Palace want in excess of £50million to let the 21-year-old leave.
Then you have the Leicester City pair of James Maddison and Harry Maguire who were valued at £70m and £80m respectively by The Foxes. Declan Rice and Sean Longstaff were also options for United but the Evening Standard doesn’t offer figures on those two.
The final name mentioned is Jadon Sancho, whom United were prepared to pay over £80million to sign, but the club have ‘reluctantly accepted’ that the teenager is out of their reach this summer.
The Evening Standard’s report ends by stating that Solskjaer wants to end the summer with as many as five new players this summer, so Edward Woodward certainly has to get a move on as United’s pre-season tour starts just next month,,