Manchester United are likely to look to the loan market in January, because many of the clubs top transfer targets will not be available until next summer.
Their wish list includes Jadon Sancho, playing currently for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, his England team mate, James Maddison, part of the high flying Leicester City team, and Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland, whom manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows well, having managed him at his previous club, Norwegian side Molde.
However, it is hard to see any of their present clubs allowing their big name players to leave in the middle of the season, and Solskjaer is prepared to bide his time until the end of the season, and feels there is no need for the club to be rushed into panic buys.
Instead he is prepared to work with his current squad, supplemented with one or two judicious loan signings in January. He is also hoping that the return of key players from injury, such as Paul Pogba and Aaron Wan-Bissaka will give him more options.
He said: “Not many clubs want to sell players that they would otherwise want to keep in January. Maybe one or two could be a loan deal but that is not a big money thing, it is just to help the team. But we are getting players back and we are looking at what can be available for us.”
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