Man United will not sign any players on permanent deals in the January transfer window after missing out on Cody Gakpo, a report has claimed.
Gakpo, a forward for PSV Eindhoven, had been heavily linked to a move to United next month but is now expected to join their fierce rivals, Liverpool.
The sale of Gakpo to Liverpool for a club-record transfer sum was confirmed by PSV on Monday night.
The Netherlands international is thought to have cost Jurgen Klopp’s team an initial £37 million transfer price, which might increase to £45 million with add-ons.
‘Man United to only pursue loan deals’
According to The Daily Mail, United had started negotiations with PSV about a potential transfer for Gakpo but failed to agree on a price, allowing Liverpool to sign the 23-year-old.
According to the article, United will not be making any permanent deals in the upcoming month and would instead “be reduced to shopping in the loan market this January as the Glazers attempt to sell.”
The club’s owners stated last month that they planned to “examine strategic alternatives” for the team, including new investment, a sale, or other transactions.
If a buyer is found, the Glazers’ contentious 17-year ownership of the Premier League team would come to an end.
According to the article, United co-owner Avram Glazer recently visited Qatar and spoke with a number of prospective investors, including individuals from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Several other parties have expressed an interest in buying United, including Britain’s richest man and lifelong fan Sir Jim Ratcliffe, as well as Zara owner Amancio Ortega.
Meanwhile, American giants Apple and Amazon have also been linked with a potential takeover.
The news of the Glazers’ reluctance to spend in January will come as a major blow to United manager Erik ten Hag.
When recently asked if he would like to strengthen his squad, Ten Hag said: “Yes, but only when we find the right player. We do everything in our power.
“We are doing research on every opportunity and we do everything we can if that opportunity is there to contract them.”