Transfer update: Latest on Ozil, Coman and Pelle
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks set for a squad overhaul this summer and has been put on red alert with Kingsley Coman potentially available. The Norwegian coach is rumoured to be massively frustrated by their low-key end to the 2020/21 season and wants to freshen up his squad.
United could be in the market for a string of targets with Solskjaer looking for reinforcements in every area of his squad.
On the back of major fan protests in recent months, Solskjaer is also likely to be given a sizeable budget of £150million-plus to work with, as the Glazer family look to build bridges.
Solskjaer’s brief will be to launch a title challenge against rivals Manchester City and Liverpool in 2021/22 and the focus of his dealings will be on experienced star names.
According to reports from German source BILD, the former striker is monitoring Bayern Munich winger Coman
The French starhas pressed pause on his contract extension talks at the Allianz Arena with two years left on his current deal.
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The former Juventus man is tied to the Bavarians until 2023, however, he has now instructed his agent Pini Zahavi to approach Premier League clubs over a summer move.
That is despite playing a key role in Bayern’s Bundesliga title defence last season with five league goals in 29 league games.
However, the eye-catching statistic from 2020/21 was 12 assists for the 24-year-old, as Robert Lewandowski secured a record-breaking 41-goal Bundesliga season.
United face two major stumbling blocks to securing a potential deal as Solskjaer weighs up his options.
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Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho remains Solskjaer’s No 1 target ahead of the season with incoming manager Marco Rose set to hold out for a minimum of £90m for the England international.
The former Manchester City man endured an injury disrupted 2020/21 but he still managed 16 goals in competitions.
A major move for Sancho, allied to bringing in two defenders, in the shape of a centre-back and a right-back, would use up the bulk of Solskjaer’s budget and prevent him from signing Coman.
Bayern currently rate him at around £55m, but that price could rise by an additional 10 per cent , if Zahavi negotiates a hefty fee for himself.
Alongside the financial burden, United could also be forced out of the race by Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Thomas Tuchel has shown real faith in his former Bundesliga contingent at Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Rudiger, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner all playing a vital role in their Champions League success.
Coman’s international teammates Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and N’Golo Kante could also give Tuchel an edge in convincing him to choose Manchester over London.
If United can stay in the race beyond this summer, and talks continue to circle in Munich, Solskjaer may revisit the situation in January, with his current need greater than Tuchel’s.
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