Updated on September 17th, 2021 at 10:20 am
Man Utd ‘identify next transfer priority’ for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with duo set to leave
According to reports, Manchester United are now planning to concentrate their efforts on signing another midfielder before the transfer window closes on June 30. In the summer transfer window, the Red Devils moved quickly to sign Raphael Varane, who is expected to join Tom Heaton and Jadon Sancho at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to win his first trophy as United manager.
Following a £106million spending spree, more will be expected of the Norwegian, and it is possible that United will not be finished in the transfer market just yet…
It is believed that outgoings and the offloading of deadwood within their squad will play a significant role in their plans for the remainder of the season.
Even with that in mind, the club is actively seeking new players to add to their roster whenever the opportunity presents itself.
The right-back position had been a priority for United, but Diogo Dalot has shown that he is more than capable of challenging Aaron Wan-Bisska for a starting position following a successful loan spell at AC Milan this season.
Following the Portuguese’s impressive cameo in the 4-0 win over Everton, which included a looping header, United have decided to shelve their interest in signing Kieran Trippier from Everton.
Currently, according to ESPN, United are prioritizing the acquisition of a central midfielder over the acquisition of a right-back, a position that had previously been at the top of their wish-list.
It is still unclear who exactly United could target, but the club has been linked with a number of high-profile players, including Eduardo Camavinga, Declan Rice, and Saul Niguez.
In the end, Paul Pogba’s future is likely to be decisive when Solskjaer considers long-term planning as United look to extend the Frenchman’s contract, as the Norwegian coach considers his options.
Despite this, they are fighting a losing battle, and it is expected that Pogba will play out the final year of his contract before leaving the club on a free transfer at the end of next season.
Solskjaer’s current central midfield options include Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Fred, Paul Pogba, and Donny van de Beek, all of whom are members of the Norwegian national team.
The Dutchman’s playing time has been limited so far, but there is still hope that he will improve in his second season at the club after joining for £34 million from Ajax.
In the background, it is possible that two players will be released in order to free up some cash, according to ESPN, who also claims that United will release Andreas Pereira and Brandon Williams (on loan) in the coming weeks.
Fenerbahce and Lazio are rumored to be interested in signing the Brazilian, who has expressed a desire to play regular football.
Meanwhile, Southampton took an interest in Williams before signing Brest midfielder Romain Perraud from the same club.
Corentin Tolisso, a midfielder for Bayern Munich, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks.
The Red Devils are adamant that their name is being used to generate interest in the player, a situation that is similar to that of Leon Goretzka, who was the subject of a similar investigation a few weeks ago.