Despite significantly strengthening his squad in the summer transfer window with Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo all arriving at Old Trafford, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still reportedly keen to add to this in January.
Recent reports have seen the club linked with Leicester City pair Youri Tielemans and Caglar Soyuncu – the former having been stalling on talks over a new contract for the last few weeks.
Despite the new summer arrivals, on their last few performances, it is evident that more surgery is needed – 5-0 drubbing by fierce rivals Liverpool highlighting glaring problems in their squad.
Where is the priority for Solskjaer?
It appears that, although they strengthened their defence with Varane – who is a quality player, that another quality centre back is needed and the Foxes Turkish ace Soyuncu is understood to fit the bill.
Since arriving at Leicester 2018 for just over £16 million, the 25-year-old has impressed, particularly under the guidance of boss Brendan Rodgers and he could well see Manchester United as the next step in his career. This could be made even more tempting with Champions League football potentially on the cards and a chance to play alongside serial winner Varane, as well as Ronaldo.
Shoring up the defence should be a priority for the Norweigian boss, especially if he continues to play with three centre backs, though signing Soyuncu could see him shift back to playing two in the centre of defence.
With Paul Pogba’s future up in the air, with the Frenchman yet to agree on a new deal, Tielemans could be seen as the ideal replacement, though even with Pogba’s current situation, a new central midfielder had been highlighted.
Tielemans, as he has demonstrated on a number of occasions, has the ability to step into Pogba’s boots and is known for having an impact on big games – his winner in the FA Cup final against Chelsea proving this.
Can United afford the outlay?
Leicester are in the relatively luxurious position of not needing to sell players, while they could even strengthen themselves without doing so if they felt that they needed to.
Therefore, it puts them in an enviable position in terms of being able to name a price for their most valuable assets, which could mean United may have to pay close to £100 million to secure the pair – something that the board may be reluctant to do if Solskjaer hasn’t been able to inspire a drastic improvement from the players by January.
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