Another Dortmund star hits Man Utd radar and he ‘dreams’ of Old Trafford

Date published: Monday 22nd March 2021 3:36 - Matthew Briggs

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Manchester United have got numerous Borussia Dortmund stars on their radar ahead of this summer, claims a report.

It’s no secret that striker Erling Haaland is a favourite of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s and a number of sources suggest the Norway No.9 is United’s top transfer target.

Solskjaer admitted last month he was “following” his compatriot and later said “let’s see what life will bring later on” when quizzed about the 33-goal striker.

But Solskjaer also has interest in winger Jadon Sancho. The club tried to sign the England winger last summer, but could not agree a deal with Dortmund.

Whether or not Solskjaer will pursue Sancho this summer remains unclear, but United also have centre-back Manuel Akanji on their radar.

90min report that Akanji is a “possible target in their search for a long-term partner for Harry Maguire”.

The 25-year-old Switzerland international is currently working his way back to fitness after a torn thigh. He played two minutes as a late sub in the weekend’s draw with Cologne after missing five weeks of action.

He has made 18 Bundesliga starts this season and in June he will enter the final 12 months of his contract.

United are understood to be hunting for another centre-back, although a report has claimed Victor Lindelof’s form has put that on a backburner for Solskjaer.

 

 

Still, United have a list of targets with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, Real Madrid star Raphael Varane and Braga’s David Carmo all understood to be under consideration.

Now though former Basel centre-back Akanji has emerged as a contender and the summer would be a prime time to pick up the 6ft 2in defender. With Akanji’s contract up in 2022, his value must have dipped under £20m, after Arsenal were linked with a £25m deal last summer.


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Akanji dreams of United

United could have an advantage too because the player admitted he dreamed of a move to Old Trafford after signing for Dortmund in 2018.

“I have a big dream,” Akanji told NZZ. “To get as far as possible in football. Since my childhood days Manchester United have been my favourite club. I’d like to play there one day.

“But right now, that’s not an issue. I am happy at Dortmund and try to be the best possible person off the pitch.”

The source also report that United “have made it clear to Dortmund” that Donny Van de Beek could be part of any bid they make. That idea has been welcomed by the Bundesliga side.

United are understood to be more than willing to offer Van de Beek, who has not managed to show any kind of form at Old Trafford.

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