How Man Utd could line up after beating Chelsea to Moussa Dembele transfer next season

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to continue the overhaul of his squad in the summer and is expecting the club to back him in the transfer market. One of the Norwegian’s main priorities is to sign a striker and the club are growing increasingly confident of signing Lyon star Moussa Dembele.

The 23-year-old has been a transfer target for Chelsea, with the Blues seeing a £34million offer rejected by the Ligue 1 club in January.

Lyon were determined to keep the striker at the club as they looked to secure European football next season.

And while Dembele managed to score 22 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions, it was not enough as Lyon finished the season in 7th, when Ligue 1 was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has since admitted the club may have to sell some of their star players to keep the club afloat in these difficult times.

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“I am going to do everything to keep the players,” Aulus said.

“But players who are programmed to play in Europe could want to go elsewhere because we don’t have European football.”

And according to the Daily Star, United are growing increasingly confident of landing Dembele in a £60m deal.

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It claims Solskjaer has sent scouts to watch Dembele in action at least three times in the last six months and is desperate to bring him to Old Trafford.

If he arrives he would likely take Anthony Martial’s place in the starting eleven and lead the attacking line.

Unlike Marcus Rashford and Martial, who can also play on the left-wing, Dembele is an out and out striker.

And while Solskjaer has used Rashford in the role as centre-forward this season, the 22-year-old has predominately played on the left-wing this campaign and is having his best season for United.

He has scored 19 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions and he hasn’t even played for United since January after he suffered a double stress fracture in his back when coming on as a substitute against Wolves.

Martial could also be used on the right-wing, however, he is more likely to be dropped to the bench if United sign Dembele.

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Solskjaer already has 22-year-old Daniel James and 18-year-old Mason Greenwood competing for that position, not to mention the club’s interest in Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

And while the United manager recently admitted that he is happy with his current squad, he also confirmed the Red Devils are always exploring their options in the transfer market.

“We’re always looking to improve the squad,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

“This uncertainty in the market now, who knows how football and the market is going to be, but I’m very happy with the squad I’ve got.

“Today’s world is different to what it was two months ago. We’ve got to adjust, adapt, there are clubs out there struggling more than us financially. It’s a new world, and I think the transfer market this summer will be completely different to what anyone thought it would be.”

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