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Solskjaer not happy with early transfer deadline day

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the early closure of the transfer window is a disadvantage for Premier League clubs.

The transfer window for English clubs is set to close on Thursday August 8, several weeks earlier than some of their European counterparts.

Italy’s window closes ten days later, whilst clubs in France, Germany and Spain can sign new players up until September 2.

Solskjaer believes England’s early deadline is far from ideal, with Premier League clubs facing the prospect of losing players to foreign sides without the ability to replace them.

“I think we have picked the short straw, to be fair,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports News.

“When our league starts there is still three more weeks that clubs can be hovering around our players.

“I don’t think it is a good one for us, no”, he added.

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Solskjaer hinted that Manchester United are still in the market for new additions with just days remaining in the window.

The club have so far secured the signings of Swansea’s Daniel James and Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, whilst they continue to be linked with the likes of Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes.

The United boss has spoken of the difficult nature of the market this summer, but says the club are continuing to work to bolster their squad.

“We’re looking good,” he added. “Of course we’ve been working on a few cases over the summer. It’s never easy.

“The club has been very good and the market is very hard.

“We’re trying to get to the start of the season with the squad that we want.”

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