Man Utd draw up four-man centre-back shortlist for transfer window

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting a top centre-back signing this summer which will be music to the ears of many Manchester United fans. This piece of information stems from The Athletic and it won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has watched the team this season.

Let’s start by calling a spade a spade. Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire do not accommodate each other in defence and it’s a huge advantage for the opposition should they have decent forwards with pace or the ability to win balls in the air. It is Maguire that will ultimately keep his place in the side, having cost the club a fortune and being made captain of the side.

Eric Bailly has been tremendous when he’s played this season, but the Ivorian defender is very unreliable when it comes to injuries and niggles. I’m convinced had he been fit all season we’d be a lot closer to Man City in the Premier League table, however, we need to move on if we want to reach the next step.

It doesn’t look like Solskjaer is convinced by Axel Tuanzebe at the moment. Over time that could change, and I certainly hope it does because there’s a good defender in him. It might require work and maybe even a world-class defensive addition this summer but I would certainly hold back on writing Tuanzebe off.

The Athletic points to targets such as Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate, Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings and Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic.

The report goes on to claim United had a scout at last week’s Champions League clash between Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund to watch Kounde. He didn’t have one of his best nights but the scout in question would’ve seen Erling Haaland make the stage his own with two goals and an assist.

‘Caution over cashflow will continue in the next transfer window,’ the report also outlines. This is something we’ve long predicted on the Strettycast with United’s sponsorship deal with Chevrolet coming to an end. On top of that, we’ve heard nothing about a new sponsorship agreement involving the club.

That should probably concern fans.

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