Manchester United will not buy players in the January transfer window as a result of their owners’ intentions to sell the club.
It was revealed last month that the Glazers are ready to sell the Premier League side after 17 years at the helm.
Such developments could spell good news for United in the long-run, but it has impacted their business ahead of the transfer window.
The Daily Mail say Erik ten Hag’s side will only be able to invest in the loan market next month.
As a result, they have been unable to sign long-term target Cody Gakpo, who is now on his way to rivals Liverpool.
United have been interested in him ever since the summer window, but have now lost the race for the winger.
Gakpo’s current club PSV Eindhoven announced on Boxing Day: “PSV and Liverpool FC have reached an agreement on the proposed transfer of Cody Gakpo.
“The 23-year-old attacker will leave for England imminently where he will be subjected to the necessary formalities ahead of the completion of the transfer. Both clubs are not making any announcements about the transfer fee.
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“The PSV management completed the negotiations on Boxing Day and gave Gakpo permission to travel to England.”
Despite them not being expected to sign anyone permanently, United could still be set to bring in a new attacker in January.
Cristiano Ronaldo departed the club last month through the mutual termination of his contract.
Gakpo was looking likely to be his attacking replacement, but United will now need to search for alternative targets in the window.
The club have not traditionally made big money signings in January, though Bruno Fernandes has been one memorable move.
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