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Manchester United dealt major blow in Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho pursuits after Ed Woodward’s latest comments

Manchester United are unlikely to sanction lucrative moves for either Harry Kane or Jadon Sancho this summer in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Vice chief executive Ed Woodward has effectively ruled out the prospect of any big-money moves materialising at the end of the current campaign after revealing how costly the COVID-19 crisis will be on the Old Trafford outfit.

Ed Woodward may not be able to sanction any lucrative transfers this summer
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Despite concerns about Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s suitability as Red Devils manager, Woodward and the Glazer family seemed prepared to back the Norwegian in the transfer market once more.

Tottenham Hotspur talisman Kane was linked with a mega-money move, while it seemed as though Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Sancho had all but agreed to return to Manchester.

However, with the global health crisis bringing life as we know it to a grinding halt, it seems as though the United hierarchy will have to re-think their transfer policy now.

“Nobody should be under any illusions about the scale of challenge facing everyone in football,” he told a United fans’ forum via conference call.

Manchester United are still favourites to sign Jadon Sancho this summer
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Kane is reportedly on Juventus’ wish list
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“It may not be ‘business as usual’ for any clubs, including ourselves, in the transfer market this summer.

“As ever, our priority is the success of the team, but we need visibility of the impact across the whole industry, including timings of the transfer window, and the wider financial picture, before we can talk about a return to normality.

“On this basis, I cannot help feeling that speculation around transfers of individual players for hundreds of millions of pounds this summer seems to ignore the realities that face the sport.”

Speaking on Saturday’s edition of the Weekend Sports Breakfast, talkSPORT’s Tony Cascarino also voiced concerns about the likelihood of big transfers being completed this summer.

He said: “I think Ed Woodward will realise that it has a golden opportunity to still make big money and there will be players available for cheaper rates than they would have been.

“I think that’s obvious because there is a European market and they will have been affected but I also feel he knows he cannot go, and wouldn’t want to, be spending i.e. £200million on Harry Kane.

“Those deals aren’t going to happen. I think they might have happened before the pandemic. There could have been a plus £100million deal.”

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