Three exciting Man United options as Solskjaer eyes centre-back signing

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to accelerate his Manchester United by bringing in several new signings this summer that can take his side to the next level.

It is widely acknowledged amongst the fanbase that there are some key areas of weaknesses within the squad that need addressing. Right-wing, centre-forward and midfield are all positions that should be prioritised in the upcoming transfer window.

But according to reliable Sky Sports reporter James Cooper, Solskjaer is keen on signing another centre-back to play alongside new captain Harry Maguire.

We looked at three potential targets United could consider this summer.

Kalidou Koulibaly

The most accomplished pick on this list is the Senegalese international who looks destined to leave Naples.

As we covered on Tuesday,  Il Mattino report that Koulibaly has told president Aurelio De Laurentiis that he wants to end his six-year stay at Napoli this summer.

England is seen as a preferred destination for the 28-year-old and Solskjaer should be excited about the prospect of bringing a world-class player to the club. Koulibaly is currently in his prime and would be another leader at the heart of the Norwegian’s evolving defence.

However, United would inevitably face huge competition for his signature with Manchester City said to be monitoring the £90m-rated centre-back.

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Dayot Upamecano

Upamecano is a player mentioned by Cooper as a target for the Reds this summer. The RB Leipzig star is one of the most highly-rated defenders across Europe and has plenty of elite clubs chasing him.

The 21-year-old shares the same confidence on the ball as Maguire but has the recovery speed that the England international lacks. He is about to enter the final year of his contract and is seen as an attainable option for United.

However, there are concerns about the implications a signing of Upamecano’s calibre would have on the growth on academy graduate Axel Tuanzebe, who is at a similar stage in his career.

Ben White

A left-field option but a player that is showing huge potential. White is in a similar mould to John Stones in his style as a modern day centre-back who loves the ball at his feet.

The 22-year-old has had a fantastic loan spell under Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United after moving from his parent club Brighton.

As reported by the Athletic, the youngster is being monitored by both Manchester clubs, but it is believed that Brighton are under no financial pressure to sell.

White is certainly a player to watch out for in the future.

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