Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given just £100million to strengthen his squad this summer, claims a report.
It was widely expected that Norwegian boss Solskjaer was planning a major overhaul to his ailing squad, but ESPN report that United’s war chest is not as considerable as many thought.
The report claims United will have just £100million to spend on new recruits, plus any money they receive from player sales.
United have already added Dan James for an initial £15million, while the Daily Recordyesterday claimed the United had agreed a fee of around £55million for Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
United did receive £10.5million from the sale of Marouane Fellaini to Shandong Luneng earlier this year.
However, based on the figure reported by ESPN, United’s summer overhaul will depend on sales – with Romelu Lukaku, David De Gea and Paul Pogba’s futures all up in the air.
Lukaku looks like being the player most likely sold this summer with Inter Milan heavily linked with his services with United hoping for a fee of around £70million.
Earlier this month, Lukaku said: “I am going to enjoy my holidays with my family now. I know what I’ll do, but won’t say it. We’ll see. Do I expect a busy summer? Yes.”
The Belgium striker has also been urged to move by his national team boss Roberto Martinez, but the exits of Pogba and De Gea are not guaranteed and likely to prove complicated.
And the report suggests that the “view within the club” is that if they retain Pogba and De Gea, in particular they will be able to recruit enough emerging talent to compete for a top-four finish.