Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played down suggestions of lavish spending at Old Trafford this summer amid links to Borussia Dortmund duo Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho.
The Red Devils famously refused to meet Dortmund’s £108million asking price for Sancho last summer – and the German giants are expected to demand as much as £150m for Haaland, whom United also failed to capture in January 2020.
United are among the wealthiest clubs in the world, but Solskjaer insists COVID-19’s impact on football means not even the Red Devils will be able to flex their financial muscles this summer.
“It’s definitely affecting everyone in football, the pandemic,” he said. “Of course the lack of income, the finances that have affected everyone and it might affect us all well.
“We have to be realistic, we have to be responsible in the way we do our business both on and off the pitch.
“There’s improvements on the training ground, stadium. We just have to look at the whole picture.
“Where can we spend the money? And how much is there? It’s just the real world now. It has changed.”
Asked if it becomes extra difficult to rebuild when you do not have what you normally have available, Solskjaer said: “You can look at it different ways (with a) rebuild.
“We also have players in the academy that we now can maybe give opportunities to.
“Of course, all clubs in the world are going through the same situation so it’s no different for other clubs than for us.
“I think there’s just going to be less and less transfers happening in the world of football until this changes.”
Solskjaer did admit, however: “We’re always looking to improve our squad, of course we are.”
While Haaland could look for a change this summer if Dortmund fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League, it is far more likely he switches clubs in 2022.
His contract includes a £65m release clause which becomes valid from June 2022, as opposed to the £150m Dortmund want this summer.