Manchester United are reportedly open to spending significantly in two problem areas in the summer transfer window.
Many supporters were left underwhelmed at United’s spending last summer after key weakness in the squad were not addressed.
United signed Alex Telles, Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani and two promising young wingers in Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo but didn’t move for an established wide forward or central defender.
As expected, United were one of many clubs to focus their January window on outgoings rather than incomings but work is now underway as the club finalises their targets for the summer.
The Manchester Evening News report that United would be prepared to spend a big transfer fee on either a new centre back or forward depending on the outcome of the final months of this season.
United are the Premier League’s top goal scorers this season and young winger Amad is soon expected to make his first-time debut after impressive performances for Neil Wood’s U23 side.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence is still a cause of concern and the goals conceded in Saturday’s 3-3 draw against Everton show that a centre back is a transfer priority that can no longer ignored.
The MEN’s Samuel Luckhurst notes that United have been monitoring highly-rated RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano while Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane is also admired at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer’s preferred central defensive partnership of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire does not breed confidence and Eric Bailly, who is considered by many as a more proficient option, is injury plagued.
The acquisition of an elite central defender is essential this summer if Solskjaer is to accelerate his rebuild at the club.