Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Ed Woodward to make three signings

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants three signings when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign, according to reports. And the Red Devils now have concrete interest in Declan Rice. The West Ham star has been linked with a move back to Chelsea, but it appears his future could be set for a new twist.

United have improved their transfer business ever since Solskjaer’s appointment.

Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Alex Telles, Edinson Cavani and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have all improved the side, helping the Red Devils to the top of the Premier League table.

United are flying high at present but, despite that, ESPN claim the Norwegian wants Ed Woodward to make three signings in the summer transfer window.

It’s claimed they want a centre-back to go alongside Harry Maguire.

Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly have both struggled for consistency and fitness over the course of the campaign, hence the Red Devils’ desire to improve this area of their team.

RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano has been strongly linked.

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And so too has Brighton’s Ben White, who has impressed at the Amex Stadium ever since returning from a successful loan spell at Leeds.

United want a defensive midfielder, too.

And Rice is now back on their radar as a result, with the England international helping West Ham deliver under David Moyes this term.

They know they’re behind Chelsea in the race to sign the Hammers star but they’re hopeful they can secure his signature nonetheless, despite his huge £70million asking price.

The third and final target for Solskjaer is a new striker.


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And Erling Haaland is understood to be the Norwegian’s priority target, having spent the last 12 months plundering goals galore for Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland rejected the advances of United a year ago in favour of joining Dortmund, with the Red Devils previously refusing to meet the demands of controversial super-agent Mino Raiola.

But Solskjaer isn’t deterred and would love to snap his compatriot up.

Woodward vowed to back Solskjaer over the coming transfer windows, saying recently: “What happens on the field is clearly our top priority, and while it’s not the same without fans in the stadium, we’ve seen lots of highs since our last meeting in April, with that 14-game unbeaten run to finish third in last season’s Premier League run and great wins against PSG and RB Leipzig on our return to the Champions League this season.

“Of course, we recognise there’s more hard work ahead to achieve the consistency needed to win trophies.

“But we see positive signs on the pitch and the training ground that reinforce our belief in the progress being made by Ole, his coaching team and the players.

“I told this forum back in April that we remained committed to strengthening the squad, while being disciplined in our spending during the pandemic.

“I believe we’ve delivered on that, with the additions we made during the summer taking our total net spending to over €200m since summer 2019 – more than any other major European club over that period.

“We will continue to support Ole with a planned, long-term approach to recruitment, focused on the summer windows.”

Woodward also confirmed he was in talks with UEFA, the ECA and other European leagues about the future of UEFA’s club competitions.

“Most of my time in this regard is focused, through the ECA and the UCCSA [a joint-venture between the ECA and UEFA], on the strengthening of existing UEFA club competitions,” Woodward said.

“The dialogue focuses on them continuing to be predominantly mid-week games having little or no impact on the Premier League.

“We believe that any changes to European competition post-2024 must be complementary to thriving domestic leagues.

“Other domestic leagues feel the same way, reflected in conversation with our counterparts in other clubs and countries.

“What I can assure you of is that we will keep match-going fans firmly in the centre of thoughts, whether with the Premier League, ECA or UEFA, and across our decision-making processes overall, because the past eight months has reminded us all of just how crucial you are to the fabric of the game. This game without fans is nothing.”

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