Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is realistic about the transfer targets he recommends to Ed Woodward as he continues to shape his Manchester United rebuild.
United take on Aston Villa on Thursday evening, and will come against transfer target Jack Grealish who could be the latest Briton to join the Old Trafford ranks this summer.
As per the MEN, Grealish is expected to leave his boyhood club this summer, regardless of whether he can help them avoid relegation from the Premier League.
It is believed United already made early advances to sign the 24-year-old in February , and he remains a target this summer.
Solskjaer has been successful with all five of his United singings so far, with January arrival Bruno Fernandes making the most marked difference on the team.
The Norwegian, as expected, refused to be drawn in about transfer speculation when previewing the Aston Villa fixture, but says he is only forwarding ‘sensible’ transfer options to Vice-Executive chairman Ed Woodward.
“We’ve been linked with many good players and every individual linked with Man United looks at it as a compliment,” Solskjaer said in Wednesday morning’s press conference, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“There’s no need for me to discuss where we’re going try to strengthen.
“There’s got to be realism. The whole world has changed both financially and the perception we’ve got on values, so every time I put the case in front of Ed, I think it’s a sensible one and a realistic one.
“I think I’ve proven to the club I’ve always got the club in the front of my mind and the best for the club. I don’t think short-term or personally this would fit me for a short space of time, I always think long-term and try to make good deals.
“I’m always quite careful with money, personal money as well!”
Solskjaer has given United fans reason for cautious optimism with his proficiency in the transfer window, but he will be aware that plenty of business still needs to be done if United are to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City to mount a serious title challenge.
Right-wing, central midfield and central defence are all positions that should be prioritised this summer as Solskjaer looks to accelerate his rebuild.