Manchester United have already brought Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to Old Trafford this summer for a combined fee in the region of £113million – but another big-name may be on the way
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was urged by former teammate Gary Neville to thrust Manchester United into the Premier League title conversation with another marquee signing on Monday night.
The Red Devils have already brought Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to Old Trafford this summer for a combined fee in the region of £113million.
But Neville, like many onlookers, believes United cannot threaten to topple Manchester City without another big-name acquisition.
And while a third major signing had looked unlikely, fresh reports in Spain and England suggest Solskjaer may yet welcome another new face through the door before the window shuts early next week.
Here is Wednesday’s Manchester United transfer round-up.
Red Devils lead race for Atletico duo
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Manchester United are reportedly in pole position to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul and right-back Kieran Trippier.
Saul, 26, is pushing for a new challenge and Atletico boss Diego Simeone is willing to let him leave for the right sum after their La Liga triumph last season.
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph asserts United are the frontrunners to land Trippier after many months monitoring the England international.
Again, however, United are the likelier club to pull off the transfer, although they are reluctant to meet Atletico’s £51million asking price for the 30-year-old.
Lingard set for United stay despite stance
Jesse Lingard seems poised to stay at Manchester United despite his desire for regular football.
The 28-year-old came off the bench in the 1-1 draw at Southampton on Sunday and first-team minutes will be hard to come by due to Bruno Fernandes’ stranglehold on the No.10 role.
The England international spent a blistering six months on loan at the London Stadium last season during which he scored nine goals in 16 Premier League games.
But the Daily Express claims the Irons have turned their attention to Lille attacker Jonathan Bamba, who helped his side win Ligue 1 last season.
The report adds West Ham have been put off signing Lingard by United’s hefty asking price, which was more than Lille’s £25million of Bamba.
Van de Beek decides to stay
Donny van de Beek has reaffirmed his desire to stay at Manchester United even though he is yet to make an appearance this season.
That’s according to The Times, who claim the midfielder has told his agent not to listen to offers for his services.
Van de Beek, 24, was an unused substitute in the Premier League victory over Leeds United and draw with Southampton, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to have promised him opportunities.