Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that he wants to sign three players this summer amid links to Tottenham striker Harry Kane. The England international is expected to leave Spurs at the end of the season after their trophy drought extended to 13 years.
United are one of the clubs in the driving seat for the 27-year-old as they hunt a world-class No 9.
Chelsea and Manchester City are also keeping close tabs on Kane’s situation as they are too in the market for a prolific striker.
Solskjaer hinted that he wants to bring in another two players, with a centre-back partner for Harry Maguire thought to be high on the agenda.
“We’re planning as we normally do,” said Solskjaer. “It’s not like it’s the end of the season and ‘let’s see what we do’.
“That’s an ongoing process – players who might stay, players who might be leaving, and I hope we’re going to strengthen with two or three players, because we definitely need to challenge higher up in the table, we’re still too far behind to be honest.
“We’ve had a few players on loan that might come back in, and there is interest in a few others going out, but you wanna come out of the transfer window strengthened and it might be that we allow some players to go out and come back stronger from it. It’s difficult to say, but I can’t see too many outgoings.”
One of those who could be heading for the exit door is experienced midfielder Juan Mata, whose contract is set to expire.
“We’ve had good dialogue with Juan and that dialogue will continue at the end fo the season,” Solskjaer explained.
“He’s a good professional and it’s been hard for me not to play him. That decision will be made when the season finishes.”
Solskjaer was speaking ahead of the final Premier League match of the season away to Wolves on Sunday.
Upon reflection of the campaign, the Norwegian admitted his side have not hit the heights required.
“We’re not where we aimed to be,” he said. “But we’ve got ambitions to move up one place.
“But there’s been steady improvement. Third last season, second this season, some more points.
“We’ve done really well away from home.
“We know we had a difficult start to the season, losing three of the first six games and loads of them were home games, which put pressure on the team.
“The players have been very very good.”
Published at Fri, 21 May 2021 12:14:00 +0000