Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has two high-profile, familiar names at the top of his transfer target list.
The United boss has endured a frustrating summer after claiming in April the club were ready to “exploit” the market.
Speaking earlier this month, he said: “I think my wording in lockdown ‘exploit’ was a bad word by me, I didn’t mean in that respect.”
Still United did draw praise after snaring Donny van der Beek in September, but the pursuit of Jadon Sancho turned into a farce.
According to ESPN, the 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund ace remains at the forefront of his thinking.
The boss is understood to have kept asking Ed Woodward to try and seal a deal for the attacker, as late as last week.
Edinson Cavani was also recruited, albeit on deadline day after the experienced striker had been available all summer.
Alex Telles, Willy Kambwala, Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri also signed for the club, but Solskjaer’s top target was missed.
Sancho though remains at the top of Solskjaer’s list, as well as striker Erling Haaland.
Solskjaer has been diplomatic when speaking publicly about United’s failure to land the pair. Missing out on both players is “a source of frustration” for the United boss.
The under-pressure boss though thinks “both are perfect for the team’s long-term development due to their age and potential”.
United tried to get Haaland in January, after striking an agreement with RB Salzburg. However, it’s understood Ed Woodward pulled the plug on a €20m deal because of a fee that needed to be paid to the player’s agent Mino Raiola.
The Haaland camp also wanted a release clause to be inserted into his Old Trafford contract; United refused.
That led the Norway striker to Dortmund. They paid €20m and agreed to a €75m clause, which cannot be exercised until 2022.
The 20-year-old bagged a hat-trick on his debut, and has scored 21 goals in 23 appearances for the Bundesliga club.