Solskjaer tells Man Utd chief Ed Woodward he wants new striker, winger and centre-back in huge transfer splurge


OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has informed Manchester United chief Ed Woodward that he’d like a new winger, centre-back and striker, according to reports.

The Norwegian has overseen a superb Old Trafford resurgence in 2020, with the Red Devils currently unbeaten in 16 matches.

But ambitious Solskjaer, 47, doesn’t want to stop there.

According to The Telegraph, he has informed Woodward of his plans for the summer – with the likes of Jadon Sancho remaining on the agenda.

The pursuit had appeared to go cold, with Borussia Dortmund still holding out for £90million for the English starlet.

But he remains United’s No1 target this summer, and they will work hard to get the deal over the line – without being held to ransom.

The Red Devils are examining Sancho alternatives, however, with Argentine Thiago Almada having previously been linked.

According to Duncan Castles, however, Adama Traore has emerged as a “cheaper alternative” – although Wolves may have something to say about that.

As for central defenders, Kalidou Koulibaly is once again on United’s radar – with a sense that this could finally be the summer in which the 29-year-old leaves Napoli.

Another option, however, is Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar – as well as Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake.

Solskjaer was believed to have told the Dutchman on Saturday: “We need a left-footed centre-back, keep going.”

As for strikers, United have looked well set of late – with Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all scoring in Saturday’s 5-2 romp over Bournemouth.

Even loanee Odion Ighalo has been contributing, but that doesn’t appear to have halted Solskjaer’s search for a No9 – with Raul Jimenez another Wolves star to be linked.

On this summer’s market, Solskjaer said: “There’s got to be realism.

“The whole world has changed both financially and the perception we’ve got on values so every time I put the case in front of Ed [Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman], I think it’s a sensible one and a realistic one.”

United could also be boosted by Paul Pogba performing a U-turn and putting pen to paper on a new contract.

The Red Devils possess an option to extend the Frenchman’s deal by a year, effectively meaning that the 27-year-old is tied down to Old Trafford until 2022.

But with indications that he could choose to extend his stay, Jack Grealish’s hopes of a move to the North West would be all but finished.


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