Man Utd boss Solskjaer clashes with board over selling star to fund Jadon Sancho transfer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly clashed with the Manchester United board because he wants to sell Daniel James to fund a move for Jadon Sancho. The Norwegian made it clear during his press conference ahead of the visit of Tottenham that he is not happy with the lack of transfer activity.

To date, United have made just one signing in the form of midfielder Donny van de Beek.

He was not among their top targets heading into the window and Solskjaer still wants another left-back and right-forwarded while he is also open to signing a striker and centre-back.

Sancho remains the club’s top target but they are set to miss out on the Borussia Dortmund star.

The German club have made it clear throughout the summer that United must pay £108million to get any deal over the line.

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Yet still, the Red Devils decided to submit their first offer of £90m, a proposal that was turned away by bemused Dortmund officials.

ESPN now claim that Solskjaer is even willing to sell winger James to get a deal for Sancho over the line.

Leeds remain keen on signing the Welshman, who completed a medical at Elland Road in January 2019 before his deadline day move collapsed at the final hour.

While Solskjaer is prepared to cut ties with James, the United board are said to be in favour of him staying at Old Trafford.

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The former Swansea man still has huge potential despite his lack of consistency and confidence and it appears the board are concerned a sale could come back to haunt them.

James started the opening game of the season against Crystal Palace but was withdrawn at half-time.

United had been open to a loan earlier in the window but given the lack of incomings, their stance appears to have changed slightly.

There is still a chance James could leave before the deadline, with Brighton also ready to rival Leeds.

The focus from United’s recruitment team is currently on Sancho and potential alternatives for the England international, which include Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele.

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Solskjaer has made it clear that he has put pressure on the board to deliver in the final few days of the transfer window.

“They [United] know my view,” Solskjaer said. “The transfer window is still open for a little while. If something happens in or out you will get to know.

“There are many ways of improving a team. I keep reading about the players who should be playing instead of the ones who aren’t because they are performing well. That tells me I have a strong squad. There is competition for places.

“We need results. That is the only way of affecting the mood at the club – the players and staff. All the rest is short-term moods.”

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