Man Utd eye move for £25m defender: Solskjaer ready to advance interest in coming weeks

Man Utd eye move for £25m defender: Solskjaer ready to advance interest in coming weeks

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to be given the job permanently and the Norwegian is already drafting his summer transfer targets.

United have been linked with a number of stars, including Borussia Dortmund sensation Jadon Sancho, as they look to re-establish themselves as Premier League title contenders.

But despite the improved form of Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof, they’re still in the hunt for a new centre-back to shore up their defence.

The likes of Harry Maguire, Kalidou Koulibaly and Samuel Umtiti have been touted as potential incomings but the trio would all command huge transfer fees.

And while they may still be considered, it seems Solskjaer will also look to the future by targeting youth in this position.

According to Le 10 Sport, United are weighing up a €30m (£25m) bid for St Etienne starlet William Saliba.

The 18-year-old is being courted by a number of Premier League clubs and the Red Devils appear to be in pole position.

The transfer revelation comes amid news that:

“Solskjaer is keen to bring in young stars with potential, moving away from Jose Mourinho’s transfer strategy.”

The report claims United have expressed interest and they’re ready to advance on it in the coming weeks.

But St Etienne will only sell on the condition that Saliba is loaned back to them for another season, giving them time to bed in his long-term replacement.

The Frenchman has broken into the first-team picture this season and despite being used sparingly, he’s impressed when called upon.

Solskjaer is keen to bring in young stars with potential, moving away from Jose Mourinho’s transfer strategy of targeting established stars on huge wages.

The former striker has worked wonders since taking charge in December and he’s expected to finally be given the job full-time this week.

Old Trafford chiefs have been criticised for delaying the appointment.

And according to the Daily Mail, Solskjaer will be appointed this week in order to remove any uncertainty ahead of United’s Champions League quarter-final clash with Barcelona.

United return to Premier League action on Saturday as they welcome Watford to Old Trafford.

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