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Solskjaer accepts Sancho and Rice transfers unlikely

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has accepted that the signings of Jadon Sancho and Declan Rice are unlikely this summer.

The United boss is currently plotting his first summer of transfer activity since being appointed at Old Trafford, with the Norwegian keen to secure a core of young British talent who have room to develop.

United have already agreed a deal to sign 21-year-old Welsh international Daniel James from Swansea City, in a deal which could rise to £22m.

The club’s spending is set to continue, though according to the Evening Standard moves for top targets Sancho and Rice have reluctantly been accepted as unlikely.

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Borussia Dortmund star Sancho has emerged as one of Europe’s most promising talents this season, scoring 13 goals and providing 15 assists in all competitions for the Bundesliga runners-up.

The 19-year-old has also established himself in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, though United’s lack of Champions League football and his reported £100m price-tag will see Solskjaer look at alternative targets in this window.

Likewise, West Ham midfielder Rice has also enjoyed a breakthrough campaign, being nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award after a superb season for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

West Ham are under no pressure to sell the 20-year-old, who would command a significant fee if he were to leave the London side.

Having accepted the duo may be out of his reach this summer, Solskajer will instead turn his attention to targets such as Leicester’s James Maddison and Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka as he bids to revamp his under-performing squad.

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