Man Utd’s January transfer budget emerges as Ed Woodward eyes cut-price Harvey Barnes deal

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Manchester United will only be able to spend £30million in January, according to reports. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may find it tough to add to his squad unless he sells players to raise more funds as he looks to close the gap on the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea.

One player United are keeping tabs on is Leicester star, Harvey Barnes.

The 22-year-old has had an impressive season so far and is seen as a cheaper alternative to long-term target Jadon Sancho.

The Red Devils spent all summer courting the Borussia Dortmund and England star but in the end, were put off by the asking price in excess of £100m.

The United scouting department is said to be impressed with Barnes and could be tempted into making a January swoop as a result.

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The Sun claim Solskjaer is also a fan and has been keeping close tabs on the England international.

Leicester value Barnes at around £60m, far less than what Sancho would cost the Red Devils.

The £60m price tag would mean United would need to sell to fund any move for the young star though.

The reports claim Barnes is a fan of Harry Maguire and would be interested in a switch to Old Trafford.

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Barnes has made 65 appearances for Leicester, netting on 10 occasions.

Meanwhile, Man Utd chief Ed Woodward has once again gone on record in saying he will back Solskjaer in the transfer market.

He said: “I told this forum back in April that we remained committed to strengthening the squad, while being disciplined in our spending during the pandemic.

“I believe we’ve delivered on that, with the additions we made during the summer taking our total net spending to over [$240 million] since summer 2019 — more than any other major European club over that period.

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“We will continue to support Ole with a planned, long-term approach to recruitment, focused on the summer windows.”

United return to action later today when they travel to West Ham in the Premier League.

A win would see the Red Devils leapfrog the Hammers and possibly make it into the top four.

United have had an inconsistent start to the campaign but appear to be finding their form.

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