‘I don’t really know how hard we have been hit’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he is unclear on Manchester United’s transfer budget for the upcoming window after the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic
- United boss does not know how much money he will be given to spend
- He had previously said the club would look to ‘exploit’ the transfer market
- The Red Devils have been linked with £117m-rated winger Jadon Sancho
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he does not know how much money he will be given to spend in the summer transfer window.
The Manchester United boss had previously said the club would look to ‘exploit’ the transfer market and Red Devils have been linked with £117million-rated Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.
United are also interested in signing Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not know how much money he will be given to spend
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward explained it would not be ‘business as usual’ this summer due to the impact of Covid-19 and while the club still expects to be active Solskjaer said he does not know what a post-pandemic budget will look like.
‘I think the pandemic has hit everyone really hard. I still think we need to wait and see how things are panning out to know the real effects of the pandemic, to know what kind of financial state we are in. You see some teams invest, some teams don’t. We’ll have to take a big look at things ourselves to see how hard we’ve been hit,’ Solskjaer told Goal.com.
‘I know the club has announced a few numbers before. It’s not for me to say here now we are going to have X amount because I don’t really know.
Manchester United have long led the race to sign Borussia Dortmund star Sancho
‘I don’t really know how hard we have been hit. We are a financially strong club, but we are also probably being hit more than anybody else. Let’s see how quickly we can get our fans back into the stadium and of course, the league position is going to be important for us this season.
‘If we can get a trophy, the FA Cup or the Europa League. The Europa League will also qualify us 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.’