What Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks about signing Chelsea star N’Golo Kante

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Chelsea star N’Golo Kante could provide some much-needed steel to his midfield. Reports say United have made an enquiry to Chelsea over the potential of signing Kante in this transfer window. The Blues would be willing to listen to offers for the 29-year-old following their summer-spending spree of £220million.

The Mirror claim Solskjaer is a long-term admirer of Kante and reckons he can add strengths to his midfield that are missing.

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte also wants to sign the France international, four years after taking him to Stamford Bridge from Leicester.

However, Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio ruled out a deal for Kante on Saturday.

Ausilio told DAZN: “Kante is an important part of Chelsea, I don’t think he will be up for sale.

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“We have eight important central midfielders, we will begin and move forward with them.”

And now United have made their move heading into the final week of the window.

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The Red Devils have only made one signing so far, bringing in Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek for £40m.

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho remains the club’s top target.

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However, United legend Rio Ferdinand claims the defence must be strengthened before bringing in a player like Sancho.

“Yeah, definitely [there are question marks in front of David de Gea],” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

“The centre-back area, first game of the season you’re looking for someone to set their stall out in defensive areas. They did anything but that.

“It was slow, it was cumbersome, and I picked out three examples for goals. I can see so many different mistakes, areas there can be improvements.

“Listen, you look at Liverpool, the best team in the land. Issues in goalkeeping areas – Alisson, big signing. Issues at centre-back? [Virgil] Van Dijk, bang, they deal with it.

“Manchester United have not done that. This is not an issue we’re seeing that’s just happened the other day.

“I want Jadon Sancho to come to Man United, he’s a generational talent, he’s someone who will get fans off their seats, a Man United player.

“But does he solve the fundamental problems that I see happening with this team?

“Yes they had a fantastic goals-against record last season but there are moments in games, or before games even.

“Are you looking across the tunnel across that line thinking ‘I’m going to have to be at my absolute best to get a chance against this Manchester United team?’

“I don’t think so – and that’s a problem for me.”

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