Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could struggle to achieve all of his goals in the summer transfer window, according to reports. The Norwegian boss is said to have identified four problem areas in need of improvement ahead of next season, with a number of top players having been linked with the Old Trafford club in recent months.
United are in the market for a centre-back, right winger and defensive midfielder, and could also be on the lookout for a new striker if Edinson Cavani fails to agree fresh terms.
The Uruguay international has been tipped to leave the club when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
The likes of Erling Haaland, Ibrahima Konate and Christian Pulisic have been mentioned in connection with the Red Devils as of late, but Solskjaer is unlikely to be able to land many players of this calibre after being handed a relatively modest transfer budget.
The club’s hierarchy will set aside just £80million to be spent on new recruits, according to the Metro.
United spent £75m last summer in order to land Cavani, Donny van de Beek, Facundo Pellistri, Alex Telles and Amad, but the departures of Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling played a huge role in supplementing United’s ability to make signings.
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Solskjaer is said to be aware that players will need to be sold to raise funds once again, and is hoping to gain at least £20m from the sale of Jesse Lingard.
The midfielder has impressed since joining West Ham United on loan in January, but finds himself way down the pecking order at Old Trafford with Bruno Fernandes having made the attacking midfield role his own.
The Red Devils could also look to sell Diogo Dalot, who is with AC Milan until the end of the season.
The report claims that United shipped him out with the hope of raising his market value ahead of a future sale, which could be brought forward to the end of the season.
Phil Jones is another that could be making a summer exit, with the 29-year-old failing to make a single Premier League appearance since the beginning of the campaign.
Newcastle United are understood to be harbouring interest in the defender, who remains contracted to the Red Devils until the summer of 2023.
It is also claimed that Juan Mata is likely to be handed a contract extension before being sold, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.
The Spaniard has played a bit-part role as of late and remains among the club’s highest earners, with money to be saved in the event of his departure.
However, his hefty wage is an area of concern for United, who are aware that he will need to take a pay cut in order to leave Old Trafford.
Solskjaer is set to take a leading role in the club’s transfer dealings under the new internal structure that was announced earlier this week.
The Norwegian boss will retain the power to veto any potential new arrivals as and when he sees fit, with chief executive Ed Woodward taking a step back from the forefront of negotiations.
Solskjaer and Woodward will be heavily assisted by technical director Darren Fletcher and football director John Murtough as part of a major reshuffle behind the scenes at United.