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Ed Woodward’s message to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about Man Utd transfers and budget

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has sent a message to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about the club’s transfers and budgets.

The Red Devils are top of the Premier League table by three points over rivals Liverpool after 17 games.

But the club have been linked with transfer targets such as Declan Rice and Jadon Sancho.

Moves for the young Englishmen would cost United more than £100m in any January or summer transfer this year.

Solskjaer has been given a massive boost by the board, according to ESPN – but it comes with a warning.

Woodward has said to the boss that the club are “willing to spend” as they look to strengthen the squad for the 2021/22 season.

But the report states that staff in charge of budget will remain “cautious” due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

United have already seen one new face arrive at Carrington this month in Amad Diallo, who secured a travel permit after a deal was made in October with Atalanta.

Agreeing a deal which could cost £37million in total, the 18-year-old continued training with the Serie A side’s academy before flying to Old Trafford.

Following the completion of his move, Diallo said: “After waiting since the summer, it is finally a dream come true to complete my move to Manchester United.

“I am hugely ambitious and there is so much that I want to achieve in the game; when I spoke to the manager I knew that I had joined the perfect club.

“This is a really exciting squad with so many great players, I can promise that I will work hard every day to learn from them and give everything to develop my game.

“The coaches have been fantastic since I signed, we have been in touch regularly and they have already given me a lot of great advice.

“I have had time to prepare for this move, both physically and mentally, and I have worked really hard to be ready to make the step up to this amazing club.”

But United are also set to see three players leave the club this month.

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