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Manchester United have seen another bid rejected as their transfer window gets off to a frustrating start.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear that he needs to be backed this summer, if they are to close the gap on Manchester City.
Despite finishing second in the Premier League, the United boss accepts that they are firmly second best and will need to improve.
“We are second best, but too far behind to threaten those who won. Then we have to strengthen ourselves,” he explained in an interview with TV2.
“Of course, something will happen in the transfer window,” he continued. “The world has become very different than 15-16 months ago, but we have to make some moves on the transfer window, but also with the team.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear that Man United need two or three signings this summer
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“It is never possible to sit back. You are constantly looking for reinforcements.”
Solskjaer is adamant that he needs two or three players to improve the squad and they’ve kicked off proceedings to make a triple transfer swoop.
Kieran Trippier, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane have all been pinpointed with bids lodged for each player.
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Unfortunately, those three offers have been roundly rejected by Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, with the bdis falling well short of the respective club’s valuations.
Atleti are looking for around £34m for Trippier, while Varane and Sancho could both cost in the region of £80m.
Varane is the latest player to be the subject of a bid, but the wide £30m chasm between bid and valuation show that the club have a long way to go in order to satisfy Solskjaer’s very public transfer plea.
This summer is the first window that will see John Murtough take the reins from Ed Woodward.
Murtough was named as the club’s first football director earlier this year and alongside chief negotiator Matt Judge will take charge of transfers.
Woodward incurred the wrath of supporters during his time in charge of negotiations, failing to seal a number of high-profile signings.
A look at last summer provides an example of the kind of window that United will be desperate to avoid.
John Murtough is hoping for a smooth first window as Man United's football director
From the point that football was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, United were heavily linked with a number of players.
The Red Devils spent the entirety of the summer chasing Sancho, failing to meet Dortmund’s £108m valuation.
The executive vice-chairman hoped to lowball the Germans, but they stood strong on their beliefs and earned another season of the England international’s talents.
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They also failed to land Jack Grealish and Jude Bellingham, with both players’ values now exponentially higher than they were 12 months ago.
Ultimately, United had to settle for a deadline day spree when the likes of Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri arrived.
Of those three, Cavani is the only one that has had an impact on the starting XI, but now 34, the Uruguayan could hardly be described as a long term plan.
United have already had one bid rejected for England star Jadon Sancho
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It’s been a similar story in previous windows, January 2020 saw United fail to sign Erling Haaland at the start of the month, to only see a mad dash ending in the arrival of Odion Ighalo.
Murtough will be hoping for a much smoother window, but with three transfer offers falling well short, fans could be excused for having a slight sense of trepidation.