Solskjaer briefs Ed Woodward on three new big-money Man Utd signings

Date published: Tuesday 28th July 2020 8:34 - Robert McCarthy

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly told Ed Woodward that he wants three signings this summer.

Having secured Champions League football for next term, the Norwegian now wants to build a squad capable of challenging on multiple fronts.

But the Red Devils chief knows the club will need to invest. And he is hoping that executive vice-chairman Woodward comes up trumps.

A report in The Sun states that Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell are the top two targets, with a central midfielder also on Solskjaer’s radar.

United have told Solskjaer that he will have a budget of around £140m to improve his squad. But that figure is unlikely to be enough to secure his preferred options.

Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho remains the top priority, but the two clubs are still some way apart on a fee.

The German giants still want in excess of £100m for the England man, while United have so far offered £89m.

Chilwell is another player who will not come cheap, even though Leicester missed out on Champions League football.

Foxes chief Brendan Rodgers insists that none of his best players will be sold this summer. However, it is thought that an offer of around £70m may change their mind.

Midfield still an area of concern

A new midfielder is also a key addition for Solskjaer, despite the success of Bruno Fernandes and the likelihood that Paul Pogba will stay.

Indeed, reports on Tuesday suggested that United had turned back to a former target to strengthen that position.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is the player in question, with the Serbia international now valued at around €80m (£72.6m).

Unfortunately for Solskjaer that could be an outlay of more like £250m. It would mean the Norwegian having to look at bargain options, if the expected deal for Sancho goes through.

Meanwhile, United have been tipped to complete a summer deal for Joshua King – after a big development swung factors in their favour. Read more…



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