Man Utd boss Solskjaer shifts transfer focus because of concerns over three players

Manchester United have shaken-up their summer transfer plans as they shift their focus away from Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and make signing a new defender their top priority, according to reports.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had told his superiors to do everything in their power to bring Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford.

United found it tough negotiating with Borussia Dortmund, who refused to lower their £108million valuation.

There will still be a gaping hole in the Red Devils’ right wing position if they do not find an alternative.

But Solskjaer feels he needs to build a solid foundation if he is to really kick on and challenge Liverpool and Manchester City.

United finished closer on points to relegated Bournemouth and Watford last season than they did to champions Liverpool.

ESPN claims Solskjaer has concerns over three stars and needs to find a replacement before the new campaign begins on September 19.

Harry Maguire was brought in for £80m last summer in hope that he would solve their defensive issues.

Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly shared the responsibility of partnering the England international as they finished third in the table.

However, Solskjaer is not convinced the pair are the long-term solution and he is hoping to bring in a replacement.

ESPN adds that the Norwegian boss also has reservations over youngster Axel Tuanzebe’s fitness.

United have identified their top target to play alongside Maguire in the heart of the defence.

ESPN reports that RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano is wanted by Solskjaer and he is confident of completing a deal for the 21-year-old before the October 5 deadline.

Upamecano had a £54m release clause in his contract but that was scrapped when he penned a three-year extension in July.

Meanwhile, United are on the verge of completing the £40m signing of Donny van de Beek from Ajax.

The creative midfielder will undergo a medical in Holland today and the transfer could be announced by the end of the week.

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