Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has refused to confirm if he is close to signing Daniel James from Swansea.
Reports on Friday morning claimed the 21-year-old winger will be Solskjaer’s first signing ahead of the new season in a £15m deal.
United could finish behind the eventual champions by as many as 32 points and Solskjaer admitted that regardless of new arrivals, any hope of competing with Manchester City and Liverpool for the title next term is fanciful at best.
“I don’t know how man names have been mentioned, there are players i have barely seen who it says we are going to sign! The earlier you can do the transfers, the better it is,” he said when asked about the potential signing of James.
“I can’t comment on every single individual. I don’t like when others talk about my players, I won’t talk about others,” the Norwegian replied, when asked about the potential of James at his press conference today.
He added: “I think I have been quite honest that challenging for the title next year would be a miraculous season because we are so far behind points-wise.
“Next season we have to close that gap, if we manage to get to February or March and still be close then that’s fantastic.
“If not this summer will also be about players that can last here for many years. No it’s not just about ready-made players. We’ve never been a ready-made club.
“[Cristiano] Ronaldo was never ready-made, Wayne Rooney was never ready-made. Loads of the players that come here and really developed into the top superstars that they have become.
“That’s always going to be the model – that we will develop players because I’ve got the best staff, the best environment.
“And the best supporters because they love players that excite them, that get them off their seats and we hope to get some of them in.”