Revealed: How Manchester City hijacked United’s transfer plans

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Manchester United were interested in signing Bournemouth defender, Nathan Ake this summer, but we’re beaten to his signature by Manchester City.

Sky Sports says that United were in for the player, and Olé Gunnar Solskjaer, is a keen admirer of the left-footed centre back, but failure to raise enough funds cost them.

United have been desperately trying to get rid of Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling, and we’re hopeful of using the funds from their sale to buy Ake, but the defenders seem to be stuck at Old Trafford at the moment.

Roma were close to sealing a permanent move for Smalling, who impressed for them while on loan, but were put off by United’s valuation of the 30 year old.

Rojo, on the other hand, hasn’t made an appearance since 2018, and looks stuck with the Red Devils too, with Estudiantes yet to make an official move to sign him permanently.

This means United’s funds are limited, and with Jadon Sancho, the club’s main target for the summer, all resources are channeled in that direction.

But the club may yet make some defensive additions before the end of the summer transfer window, and with Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard potentially leaving in the coming days, there should be some funds to make at least one defensive signing, as Solskjaer looks to set up a decent enough team, and challenge for trophies next season.