Cape Town - Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will reportedly
have a transfer kitty of around £100 million in January, following a meeting
with Ed Woodward this week.
It's understood the pair recently met at Carrington to
discuss transfer targets and the Old Trafford boss was pleased to hear the
club's powerbrokers are now prepared to back him again in the transfer market.
Solskjaer paid a world-record £80m fee for a defender when
he signed Harry Maguire from Leicester City during the summer.
A further £70 million was splurged to recruit right-back
Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace and winger Daniel James from Swansea
City, with one eye firmly on the future.
Solskjaer admitted earlier this week he needs to bring in a
new striker after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku in the close season.
Juventus' veteran forward Mario Mandzukic is reportedly back
on the Red Devils' radar, although his demands for £300 000-per-week were a
deal-breaker for United the last time they spoke.
The Manchester giants also like the look of Barcelona
forward Ousmane Dembele, with suggestions a fee of around £90 million would be
enough to secure the talented France international.
Solskjaer, however, wants four new faces but knows
realistically it won't be until next summer before he can purge his squad yet
Bosses at the Theatre of Dreams will give the Norwegian all
the tools he needs but Woodward has also explained the need for the club to
keep a tight rein on their wage bill - currently the highest in the Premier
League at nearly £300 million per year.
They do expect midfielder Nemanja Matic to move on and
further financial wiggle room for the manager will certainly come if they can
shift forward Alexis Sanchez, currently on a season-long loan at Inter Milan
and earning a colossal £505 000-per-week in total.
Alongside a new striker, Solskjaer told his employers he
still feels he needs a new left-back and two midfielders, which would easily take
United's spending since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 beyond the £1 billion
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