Man Utd could be set to launch an all-out assault on the next two transfer windows after a report emerged claiming that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be afforded the funds to land four of England’s finest young players over the next 12 months.
Utd currently sit tenth in the table after a sluggish start that has seen the Red Devils pick up just two wins from their opening seven league games.
The main stumbling block thus far has been a distinct lack of goals, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial suffering untimely injuries, while 18-year-old Mason Greenwood remains unproven at the highest level – despite lofty praise from his manager.
Solskjaer implemented a shift in the club’s transfer policy this off-season when he secured the signatures of British trio Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.
With United looking to go British and younger, it is no surprise then to see a report from the Manchester Evening News name burgeoning talents Jadon Sancho, James Maddison, Declan Rice and Ben Chilwell as the quartet earmarked to turn United’s fortunes around.
The report acknowledges that ‘there is an acceptance among the United hierarchy some of the proposed deals for the England internationals would require ‘a lot of work’, but the Red Devils will be keen to acquire the foursome before next summer’s European Championships where their respective values could inevitably soar with a series of good performances.
The article goes on to state: ‘Sancho has told friends in Manchester he would like to return to the city amid United’s interest’ but still has two-and-a-half years remaining on his contract with Borussia Dortmund.
Premier League-based trio Maddison, Chilwell (both Leciester) and Rice (West Ham) all have contracts running with their respective clubs until at least 2023, meaning a premium would have to be payed to prise them away from their current clubs.
The additions would inevitably bring casualties, and the report lists Ashley Young, Nemanja Matic, Alexis Sanchez and one or both of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling as the players most likely to be sacrificed.
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