Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reportedly agreed with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s proposal that the club should pull out of any transfer talks if a player makes ridiculous demands.
Solskjaer has spent his time in charge of the Red Devils addressing the harmony of the squad after years of uncertainty following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
One of the biggest and most difficult tasks was addressing the unbalanced wage structure of the squad.
Allowing Alexis Sanchez to join Inter Milan on a free transfer this summer has gone a long way to winning that battle.
ESPN claims some of United’s players felt they deserved a higher salary because Sanchez was taking home around £500,000-a-week.
But now the Chilean is off the books there is a sense of fairness among the camp.
Solskjaer is expected to be backed in this transfer window and he could still potentially sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho for £108million.
However, the Norwegian boss is determined not to unsettle his current players.
ESPN report that Solskjaer has spoken to Woodward about the problem and they have agreed to miss out on targets if it means keeping the existing squad happy.
United completed their first signing of the summer earlier this week as they captured Donny van de Beek from Ajax for £40m.
Negotiations were conducted quickly because the Dutch midfielder was happy to fit in with Solskjaer’s wage structure and he will take home £100,000-a-week.
“You do not want to know how relieved I am that I have my transfer,” Van de Beek said after his transfer was confirmed.
“As you know I was around with Real Madrid and the clubs also had an agreement, but for some reason it did not go through.
“Players who were going to leave, stayed and Madrid dropped out. Of course, you are annoyed at the beginning and you wonder if such a possibility will arise again.
“Manchester United is a dream, of course a great club, in the strongest league in the world.
“I didn’t have to think for a second when I got this chance.”
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