Man Utd: Solskjaer urges team to use Europa pain to rebuild
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly keen to bring Harry Winks to Old Trafford this summer and talks are already underway. After finishing second in the Premier League this past season, United are desperate to build on their momentum in the transfer window.
The signings of Edinson Cavani and particularly Bruno Fernandes have proven to be shrewd pieces of business from United’s transfer officials.
But Solskjaer has made no secret that he wants up to three new players in his squad this summer to improve their chances of winning the title.
Signing a new centre-back is seen as a top priority with Raphael Varane being strongly linked with a move.
A striker is also being touted as a possibility with the likes of Erling Haaland and Harry Kane named as targets while Jadon Sancho is once again linked with a move back to Manchester.
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But Solskjaer appears keen to improve his options in midfield with Winks now a supposed target.
That’s according to Stretty News, who claim United officials are big admirers of the Tottenham midfielder.
Winks fell out of favour under Jose Mourinho last season, particularly after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg joined.
The 25-year-old started just nine league games, two of which came in the final couple of games while Ryan Mason was in charge on a temporary basis.
But while Tottenham still don’t have a manager in place, it appears as though they’re willing to listen to offers.
It is claimed that £25million could be enough to tempt Spurs into selling the England international.
The report goes on to state that Jack Grealish is also on United’s list of targets, but they would need to raise funds from player sales to make a move.
Signing Winks would potentially leave Solskjaer with an over-crowded midfield.
Donny van de Beek was signed last summer but he struggled to make an impact in his debut season at Old Trafford.
And former Ajax star Sjaak Swart believes the Dutch midfielder would have been better suited joining a club like Liverpool.
“He played really great at Ajax, until he left. He was ready for abroad. But at United they have 8 or 9 midfielders, and you have to intervene, then it takes time,” he said.
“That is a choice [about his future] he has to make himself, whether he feels like he needs to leave. I am not worried about him.”
“He would fit right in with other clubs. If I look at Liverpool and (Gini) Wijnaldum is leaving now, he will be a wonderful replacement. Or for Thomas Müller, at Bayern Munich.”
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