Manchester United transfer news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer interest in three players detailed
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has interest in three defenders, according to reports. The Red Devils are flying high in the Premier League at present, sitting only behind Manchester City at the top of the table. And they’re keen to sign a long-term partner for Harry Maguire when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign.
Manchester United thumped Southampton in their Premier League showdown on Tuesday night.
Solskjaer’s side were able to keep a clean sheet at Old Trafford, with goals from Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani an own goal from Jan Bednarek and further strikes from Anthony Martial (x2), Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay giving them all three points.
That result means United are now level at the top of the Premier League table.
But, despite their fine form, Solskjaer wants more.
And the Manchester Evening News have claimed the 47-year-old has interest in three players as he eyes a long-term partner for Maguire going forward.
Though the Red Devils are well-stocked at centre-back, with Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe all doing well enough, they want more.
One player on their radar is Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.
The France international’s time at the Bernabeu appears to be ticking down, with the 2018 World Cup winner’s contract due to expire in the summer of 2022.
United tried to sign Varane from Lens during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in charge but, on that occasion, missed out.
And they also attempted to bring him to Old Trafford when Jose Mourinho ruled the roost but he, too, chased a deal to no avail.
Dayot Upamecano is also under consideration.
The RB Leipzig star was torn apart by Rashford during the Champions League contest between the two teams earlier in the campaign, with the England star bagging a hat-trick.
And a third player, though a midfielder by trade, is Declan Rice.
Rice was wanted by Frank Lampard prior to his sacking by Chelsea and, with Thomas Tuchel now in charge of the west London giants, he could be easier to sign.
Meanwhile, one player not mentioned by the report is Sergio Ramos.
The Spain international has been linked with a move to United amid uncertainty over his own future over with Madrid.
He’s supposedly ruled out joining Liverpool or Manchester City and, while Paris Saint-Germain have previously been seen as frontrunners, a move to the Premier League is preferred.
And former United striker Dimitar Berbatov recently expressed a belief that Ramos would be a good signing for the club, despite the veteran approaching the twilight years of his career.
Berbatov wrote for Betfair: “I have always said that United need another defender.
“But looking at the recent performances of Eric Bailly, if he stays focused and injury free then he can be a rock at the back of defence.
“But if United are going to buy someone, especially at this point in the season, them to be a perfect fit for the team. I don’t think they need anyone at the moment.
“I have read the reports about Sergio Ramos and there is a lot of speculation about his future. He could bring a lot of experience and steel to any team.
“Although he is 34, he is still a top player and United could do a lot worse. If he is available I can see a lot of teams interested in signing him.
“At his age of course Real Madrid are reluctant to offer him a long contract. Maybe they are arguing about money because it always comes down to money, but both sides should think long and hard about it because the grass isn’t always greener.
“Thiago Silva is 36, he moved to Chelsea and, although he hasn’t been that bad, to me it looks as though he is struggling to keep up with the pace of the Premier League.
“I have no doubts that players would love to join United but January is a tough time to move.
“Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Bruno Fernandes did it, and turned out to be great signings, but the same was not true for others who joined at this time of year.”