Top source sets record straight after Solskjaer’s intriguing Ake chat

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly wants to sign a left-footed centre-back, after footage suggested the Manchester United boss made his plans clear to Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake.

BT Sport cameras captured Solskjaer’s chat with left-footed defender Ake after United’s 5-2 win on Saturday.

The Norwegian manager congratulated Ake for his performance and allegedly told the Dutchman: “We need a left-footed centre-back, so keep going.”

According to Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, Solskjaer’s plan is indeed to recruit a left-footed defender.

The journalist claims Solskjaer wants a top replacement for Marcos Rojo, who will not feature in United’s rebuild.

Solskjaer’s first-choice pairing is Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, along with several other options.

Eric Bailly has recently returned to fitness but his future is unclear. Reports have claimed he could be loaned out to pave the way for a top addition at the back.

And Ake would be a solid replacement. The 25-year-old, while suffering a hamstring injury this term, was a Premier League ever-present in the past two seasons.

The central defender has played 119 times for the Cherries, contributing 11 goals and six assists.


Chelsea, who sold Ake to Bournemouth and are widely believed to have a £40million buy-back option, are also reportedly keen.

Law also claims that a striker and a right-sided player are on Solskjaer’s wish list for the transfer window.

Indeed, speculation over a move to Old Trafford for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has continued.

Solskjaer’s current front three gave the manager food for thought on Saturday, each scoring to help United finish off Eddie Howe’s side.

Mason Greenwood was particularly impressive and again drew praise from his boss.


In other news, Dortmund have reportedly handed United a deadline in their pursuit for Sancho.

The England international has recently finished his best season in front of goal, notching 20 goals and 20 assists.

Recent reports have suggested an impasse between United and Dortmund. The Red Devils are allegedly unwilling to pay more than £50million, with Dortmund wanting over £100million for the winger.

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