Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks Ryan Giggs advice before completing transfer

Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will reportedly speak to former team-mate Ryan Giggs to seek advice about one of his summer transfer targets as he continues to look for alternatives for Jadon Sancho.

Borussia Dortmund are refusing to sell the 20-year-old because their August 10 deadline was not met.

United were reluctant to meet the Bundesliga side’s £108million valuation and talks have reached an impasse.

A number of alternatives have been lined up but each must first undergo a series of background checks.

Solskjaer spoke to Wales boss Giggs before he signed winger Daniel James from Swansea last summer.

And the pair are expected to share another phone call with Solskajer keen to lean more about Bournemouth’s David Brooks, according to the Sun.

Giggs rates the former Manchester City youngster very highly and will give him a glowing reference.

Brooks has won 12 caps for the Welsh national team and had become a Premier League regular under Eddie Howe until injury limited him to just nine appearances this campaign.

The Sun claims Bournemouth’s Russian owner Maxim Demin is open to offloading any of the club’s stars for the right price.

The Cherries were relegated to the Championship and they need to balance the books.

Defender Nathan Ake has already been sold to City in a £41m deal while Sheffield United purchased goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for £18.5m.  

A £40m price tag has been slapped on Brooks which is just under a third of Sancho’s valuation.

Meanwhile, former United keeper Mark Bosnich thinks Solskjaer is smart by keeping his Sancho options open.

“I don’t think they have to sign him. It would be far better if they did, put it that way,” he said.

“When you’re trying to purchase a player, if you make it out too much that he is the only option and if he doesn’t come here then there will be no-one else, then his personal price and the price from the selling club tends to go up.

“So I think it’s always important that you have many options, and he may be the number one option but if the price is not right and if both parties are not happy for whatever that reason may be, then they’re going to have to look elsewhere.

“I’d personally love to sign him, he’s a fantastic player, but sometimes you don’t get exactly who you want – you get somebody else.”

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