Former Premier League striker Darren Bent thinks Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is working on the wrong deal as he feels the Red Devils should not be chasing Jadon Sancho.
United had a £91million bid for the England international rejected by Borussia Dortmund earlier this week.
Woodward is preparing to launch a new offer but it is not expected to be close to the German side’s £108m asking price.
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The two clubs are at a standstill over the fee and time is ticking to come to an agreement with the transfer window slamming shut on Monday.
United will have another 11 days to buy players from the Premier League or Football League should they miss out on Sancho.
Watford’s Senegal international Ismaila Sarr has been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
But Bent thinks United should instead focus on signing two defenders.
He told Sky Sports News: “It is a statement signing if they go and get Sancho but I just worry if they don’t go and get him and they get someone like a Sarr, is that going to change the squad dramatically? I don’t think so.
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“They have got all these options in the attacking areas but for me I’d go and get another centre-half and a left-back as well because Luke Shaw hasn’t managed to stay fit and Brandon Williams is still quite young.
“I am all for Manchester United signing these players but I think at the minute they are concentrated in the wrong areas.”
Meanwhile, fellow pundit Matthew Upson thinks United have enough talent to get through the season without any additions.
“Sometimes I feel at the moment it is more of a statement from Manchester United to attract a top player to the club more than anything, to show that the club is still one of the biggest clubs in the world,” Upson said.
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“I think to sign top players is important to maintain that understanding.
“In terms of what Solskjaer has got to work with he has got a very strong squad, especially in those areas of the pitch. He has got a lot of attacking talent.
“The one thing I would say more than anything is they need to strengthen the centre-back position. Lindelof has had a shaky start to the season.
“They have top young goalkeeper in behind De Gea just waiting for his chance and that mistake.
“So there is some competitive elements of the team. From that point of view if they don’t sign a player it is not a disaster for Solskjaer.”
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