Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “wants to make a deal for Declan Rice in this window” as he sees a midfield signing as necessary to challenge the title, according to reports.
Rice is in a similar position to Harry Kane in that he still has three years on his contract and it looks like West Ham are about to dig in his heels.
United They have already signed Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane this summer, and it is believed their budgets are unlikely to be able to expand to the £100m requested by Rice, without major player sales.
but independent He claimed the Norwegian coach understood United’s need for a midfielder and Sees Rice as the perfect solution A midfielder who can sit in front of the four defenders with a forward push.
Believes Solskjaer He was willing to listen to offers by Donny van de Beek, Phil Jones and Diogo Dalot, but the club struggled to find buyers.
Jesse Lingard has been closely linked with a move away from Old Trafford after his impressive loan spell at West Ham last season, but now looks set to stay under Solskjaer, who he believes has a role to play this season.
There have been rumors of United’s interest in a number of other midfielders, including Yves Bissoma, but independent It is believed Solskjaer is currently aspiring to the “passer” in the role, rather than the “box-to-box player” at Brighton.
The report adds that Solskjaer “wants to make a deal for Rice in this window, and considers it necessary to make the leap to serious title contenders”. He’s not wrong.
But with United needing to raise funds, negotiate a price and agree a contract before Tuesday, a move next summer appears more likely.
Solskjaer may have changed his mind about signing a midfield following the news that Scott McTominay has had surgery to fix an ongoing groin problem.
But he said earlier this week that he was “happy” with United’s summer transfer window.
“I don’t think much will happen. If something happens, it’s a bonus,” he said.
“You never know what happens in the world of football. But we had a very good window. I am happy with what we did.”