Manchester United hero Rafael has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to pursue a deal to sign Corentin Tolisso from Bayern Munich. Solskjaer is expected to have some funds available to him this summer in order to strengthen his squad with Jadon Sancho emerging as the club’s top target.
Reports though have suggested Borussia Dortmund will still demand a fee in excess of £100million for the England international, despite the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Another forward option is clearly top of Solskjaer’s wishlist to help provide competition for the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
There have already been suggestions the club are looking at alternative options such as Ansu Fati and Federico Chiesa.
But it seems the club are also looking to bolster their options in midfield having already seen Bruno Fernandes make an immediate impact at Old Trafford this year.
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Paul Pogba has returned to full fitness and will be part of the squad when the Premier League returns next week.
And Solskjaer has seen players such as Scott McTominay and Fred have a big impact this season.
However, reports emerged this week that United had opened talks to sign Tolisso from German giants Bayern.
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The 25-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the first team at Bayern in the past two years, partly due to injury problems.
But he has been battling with the likes of Thomas Muller, Leon Goretzka, Thiago and Joshua Kimmich for a place in the starting line-up.
That has seemingly made Tolisso available for a cut-price deal this summer, with reports suggesting Bayern would consider a bid worth £31million.
And Rafael, who won three Premier League titles during his time with United, has urged his former club to make a move for the midfielder.
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“One of the best midfielders I’ve played with,” he tweeted.
“I think he will be perfect for Manchester United. Hope he goes there.”
Rafael played alongside Tolisso for two years during their time together at Lyon between 2015 and 2017.
The Frenchman is currently recovering from undergoing ankle surgery back in April and he could likely miss the remainder of the Bundesliga season with just four games remaining of the campaign.
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