Manchester United have reportedly made West Ham midfielder Declan Rice and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly their top transfer targets for next summer.
United have had a miserable start to the season, winning only two of their opening eight Premier League games – leaving them 12th in the table.
Over the summer, the club spent almost £150million on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James in order to ensure they can improve on recent seasons, but instead have picked up just nine points out of a possible 24, making it their worst start to a campaign in 30 years.
Having sold Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera, United are short of quality in midfield.
Fred has failed to impress since his big-money move to Old Trafford and Paul Pogba – currently absent through injury – continues to angle for a move away from the club.
Rice, who turns 21 in January, has starred in a deep-lying role for the Hammers and would offer United stability in the centre of midfield as well as an ability to dictate play.
Koulibaly was named the best defender in Serie A last season and is also considered one of the best in the world.
He could be an ideal partner for Maguire, who has been playing alongside the inconsistent Victor Lindelof.
Chris Smalling has been sent out on loan to Roma, while Phil Jones’ position is under considerable threat following the recent displays of Axel Tuanzebe, who returned from a loan spell with Aston Villa.
Solskjaer has also hinted the club will be in the market for a forward as early as January.
That comes as former Old Trafford star Lee Sharpe warns it could cost United £300m to rebuild their squad.
“I think you are looking at least £300million,” said Sharpe told talkSPORT. “You need someone like a Harry Kane for £200m/£220m that is going to score you 25 goals a season and you’ve got a different outlook in the team. So it is not going to be a cheap one.
“It’s difficult to keep up with the likes of Man City and Liverpool when they’ve set such high standards.
“You’ve got to stop comparing this team to Liverpool and City and great United teams of the past and give them the chance to grow and educate themselves and become potentially what they could be in a year or 18 months’ time.”
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Published at Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:51:29 +0000