Ed Woodward has insisted that Manchester United will be ‘responsible in their use of resources’.
United supporters have been vocal in their desire to see the club secure that signature before the window closes on October 5, but Woodward has now stated that they need to be mindful of their financial resources.
That is likely to come as a disappointment to some of the Old Trafford faithful who were hoping for wider improvements to their squad following their return to Champions League football.
He said in the club's match-day programme: "Disruption from the pandemic is continuing to create huge economic pressures from the top to the bottom of the football pyramid and, while we are fortunate to be in a more resilient position than most clubs, we are not immune from the impact.
"Despite this, we are delighted to have brought in Donny van de Beek from Ajax, adding further quality to a midfield already strengthened by the recruitment of Bruno Fernandes in January.
“Both Donny and Bruno are players we had been tracking for some time and their signings reflect our long-term approach to blending high-quality recruits with homegrown talent to develop a squad capable of winning trophies playing attacking, entertaining football.”
He added: "As part of that process, we have also awarded new contracts to Nemanja Matic and academy graduates Dean Henderson, Brandon Williams, Scott McTominay and Mason Greenwood over the past year.
"We have also continued to strengthen our thriving academy by attracting several promising young players from across Europe, including Marc Jurado from Barcelona and Alvaro Fernandez Carreras from Real Madrid.
“Together, these investments reinforce our optimism about the future, and we will continue to build on these strong foundations.
"However, we must also be responsible in our use of resources during the most extraordinarily challenging time for everyone in football.”
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United took on Crystal Palace at home on Saturday in their Premier League opener, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisting that he will eventually find his perfect midfield that includes Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Van de Beek.
When asked about his ideal combination by Football Daily, Solskjaer said: “Well we will find it.”
Before adding: "Both Paul and Donny have the exceptional skill of timing runs and getting into the box and of course we don't want to stop Paul doing that because that is one of his strengths.”