Manchester United did not signal any of supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s precedence targets in the course of the summer season switch window, sources have instructed ESPN.
United accomplished their switch enterprise on deadline day on Monday by sealing offers for Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles, Amad Traore and Facundo Pellistri, having secured the £40 million signing of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek initially of September.
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However sources have instructed ESPN that Solskjaer went into the switch window having drawn up a shortlist of targets together with Borussia Dortmund‘s Jadon Sancho, Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and a commanding centre-half, with RB Leipzig‘s Dayot Upamecano and Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake his most well-liked choices to associate captain Harry Maguire on the coronary heart of United’s defence.
Not one of the subsequent summer season signings have been gamers recognized by Solskjaer and his teaching employees as key targets, though sources have instructed ESPN that the supervisor was consulted on each new arrival and that he sanctioned every deal earlier than being accomplished, together with that of Van de Beek, who has but to start out a Premier League recreation for United.
Solskjaer additionally missed out on prime goal Erling Haaland in the course of the January switch window, with the ahead as a substitute transferring to Dortmund from FC Salzburg after prolonged makes an attempt by United to signal the participant.
Having did not signal Haaland as the answer to Solskjaer’s seek for a centre-forward in January, United in the end signed Odion Ighalo on a short-term mortgage from Shanghai Shenhua on Jan 31.
Regardless of being the main target of United’s summer season switch plans, a transfer for Sancho did not materialise on account of a refusal to fulfill Dortmund’s £108m asking worth, in addition to excessive calls for from the participant’s representatives.
Villa’s £80m valuation of Grealish, who in the end signed a brand new contract at Villa Park, scuppered prospects of a deal for the England midfielder, whereas Leipzig additionally tied Upamecano to a brand new contract.
And any potential transfer for Ake was dominated out when Manchester Metropolis moved swiftly to finish a £41m deal for the Netherlands worldwide in early August.
United additionally explored the potential for signing Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich earlier than the previous Barcelona midfielder accomplished a £20m transfer to Liverpool final month.