Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he needs to add more depth to his squad by signing a right midfielder, a central midfielder and a centre-back this summer.
The Red Devils have turned their season around with a 17-match unbeaten run, which they extended with 3-0 win against Aston Villa on Thursday
The three points means United will claim a place in the Champions League if they win their remaining four matches and a place in the European Cup next season would aid Solskjaer’s wishes to add to his squad in the transfer market.
The Norwegian has not allowed himself to get carried away with his side’s unbeaten run and if anything is more set on the areas in which he needs to improve his squad.
According to the Times, Solskjaer wants to make three signings and believes that two midfielders, as well as a defender, are a priority.
Jadon Sancho, the Dortmund winger, has been tracked by United for the last 18 months and the Red Devils had been confident of signing the England ace before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Dortmund want £100m for the former Manchester City ace and, despite incorrect reports of United valuing him at £50m, the Red Devils will nonetheless try to talk the Bundesliga giants down from that price tag.
One area of pressing concern is a central defence. United’s defensive record has improved in 2020 but a quick partner for Harry Maguire is considered a priority.
Victor Lindelof is admired by Solskjaer but neither he nor Maguire are blessed with pace and it prevents United from adopting a high line.
Solskjaer was seen tapping up Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake after his side’s 5-2 win against the Cherries last week, while Aston Villa ace Tyrone Mings is also of interest.
The final position Solskjaer wants to strengthen is central midfield. Paul Pogba’s return alongside the arrival of Bruno Fernandes has given the Norwegian plenty of options but the likes of Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard are expected to leave this summer.
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford and he’s expected to leave his boyhood club if they’re relegated to the Championship.
However, Villa could demand in excess of £70m and that could be a step too far if Solskjaer is to complete the rest of his transfer business, in a market that is expected to be depleted because of the pandemic.
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