"We will sit down and go through all the plans and we will be ready when July 1st comes, there will be no excuses."
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said at the end of the season on the summer transfer plans of Manchester United.
When the Old Trafford vs. Cardiff season came to a disappointing end on May 12, Solskjær's July 1 deadline seemed a long way to go.
The club was already associated with a large number of players as Solskjaer tried to change the transfer strategy of United, as he tried to rebuild a team that has not since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson from the club in 2013 the league won.
In an ideal world, Solskjaer would have at least four new faces in his squad as they make their way to Austrailia. The reality, however, looks much less likely.
Daniel James is the only new signing United has sent across the finish line. An official announcement from the club for the 21-year-old winger last week was the first concrete proof of the implementation of Solskjær's new transfer plan for United.
Since then, the club has rejected a bid for Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace full-back) and continues to partner with Sean Longstaff (Newcastle midfielder) and Harry Maguire (Leicester center-back).
However, for the decision-makers of United, the clock is ticking to bring the deals across the line. The official deadline for closing the transfer window is not before 8 August, but Solskjaer wanted his squad to be put together until the team leaves for their pre-season tour.
Monday marks two weeks before the squad returns to Carrington to survive the start of its pre-season regime with international players expected to play longer before the team flies to Australia later this week.
It is important for the Norwegian to have his players for the day when trying to form a squad that meets the standards he considers acceptable to United. He was critical of United's work rate. In the preseason and at the end of last season, he will set the expectations for the next season.
However, Solskjaer's problem might be that the squad he's touring before the season is unlikely to be identical to the squad he starts the season with.
Should the club succeed in arranging a deal for Wan-Bissaka, there is little chance that he will make the tour start, as he is currently traveling with England in Italy and European Under-21 Championship, which will end only at the end of the month.
Then there are the current squad players whose future is in the air.
It is reported that Romelu Lukaku is not sure where he will return to training, and although the club does not want to sell Paul Pogba, he is still heavily involved in a change and there is a problem with Alexis Sanchez that needs to be resolved.
Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo are two players the club would like to sell. So far, however, no agreements have been made.
Only two more weeks until the deadline set by Solskjaer itself, the clock runs so that the club not only brings the Norwegian's obligations, but also sells the players who are considered unnecessary for the great reconstruction of United.