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Manchester United look set to miss out on Alexander Sorloth

According to Turkish source Asist Analiz (h/t MEN), Manchester United were in contention with Tottenham Hotspur for Alexander Sorloth.

The club have now stepped up their plans to bring in more players after the 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. With less than two weeks left in the window, as many as three players could be on their way to United.

One of the players on United’s radar is Sorloth. The Norwegian looked to be on his way to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig. However, his medical at the German side was cancelled, leading to further speculation regarding his future. (h/t Football.london)

Manchester United were linked with a move for Alexander Sorloth
Manchester United were linked with a move for Alexander Sorloth

However, it would appear that the hope of stealing the player away is misguided. According to Jan Aage Fjortoft, the move to Leipzig is back on.

Fjortoft confirmed that Sorloth is on the verge of becoming a Leipzig player and is set to sign a five-year deal at the Red Bull Arena.

The Norwegian already has the experience of English football, having played for Crystal Palace in 2018. He has struggled to impress at Selhurst Park and has since gone out on loan twice.

Sorloth spent the 2019/20 season at the Turkish side Trabzonspor. He displayed prolific form, scoring 33 goals in 49 appearances across all competitions. In addition, he also racked up 11 assists.

Sorloth enjoyed an excellent loan spell to Trabzonspor in 2019/20
Sorloth enjoyed an excellent loan spell to Trabzonspor in 2019/20

Not taking the opportunity

Much was expected of United after a third-place finish last season. However, an underwhelming transfer window followed by a loss on the opening day has set alarm bells ringing.

Dutch star Donny van de Beek remains United’s sole major capture of the summer. While the club continue to be interested in Jadon Sancho, there has been no progress on that front. (h/t MEN)

United are also interested in strengthening their defence. The back-four was carved up far too easily by Palace and this could spell trouble going forward.

Van de Beek remains United's only major signing so far
Van de Beek remains United’s only major signing so far

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With our rivals strengthening, United cannot afford to stand still. In the competitive world of the Premier League, standing still is akin to moving backwards.

United still have time to ensure they have the tools to compete effectively. Not doing so could see us fall further behind our rivals. We run the risk of waking up one day only to see that chasm too wide to bridge.