Man Utd transfer shortlist: The three players Solskjaer wants to sign before the deadline

Manchester United are facing a race against time to conclude their transfer business. With the October 5 deadline fast approaching, Donny van de Beek remains their only new signing in the current window. The 23-year-old Dutch midfielder has penned a five-year contract at Old Trafford following a £35million switch from Ajax.

With their Premier League rivals spending heavily over the summer, United fans have grown increasingly frustrated at the lack of further additions.

But speaking earlier this month, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted the club were “working hard” to strengthen the squad.

“We’re looking at a small pool of players who can add to the quality of our team and let’s see what we can do,” he said.

“The club’s working hard and I understand that they’re working hard. When we sit down and we discuss, sometimes it doesn’t happen as planned.

“Life isn’t a straight line here, sometimes things happen and I’ve always said it – I’m very happy to work with these players.

“There’s still a few weeks left of the transfer window, it might happen that we get someone in.

“I’ve worked with the club and they know what I feel the team and the squad needs and let’s see if we can add to what we have.”

Here, Express Sport looks at three players United could sign before the deadline.

Who is Man Utd’s transfer shortlist?

Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund

Sancho is still believed to be Solskjaer’s primary target in the transfer window.

However, United are reluctant to meet Dortmund’s asking price of £108m (€120m), which could see the move collapse.

The Red Devils are also reported to looking at alternative targets, with Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Watford’s Ismaila Sarr, Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic and free agent Edinson Cavani all being linked.

Alex Telles, Porto

Solskjaer is keen to bring in a new left-back before the deadline and Telles, 27, has been linked.

United were previously linked with former Real Madrid full-back Sergio Reguilon, who has since joined Tottenham.

Telles now appears to be their preferred target in that position but the Red Devils are yet to submit a bid Porto find acceptable.

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Arsenal

In one of the more surprising transfer rumours of the window, United are said to be closing in on a deal for Maitland-Niles.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from Arsenal, who need to raise funds to add further signings to their own squad.

United are thought to be offering £20m plus add-ons for the versatile player.

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