Man Utd make 'striker, right winger and Maguire centre-back partner top three priority transfer positions for summer'

MANCHESTER UNITED will target a centre-back, right-winger and forward in the summer transfer window, according to reports.

With United falling 10 points behind rivals Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified the areas he wants to strengthen ahead of next season.

Journalist Andy Mitten reports Solskjaer is set to meet his bosses to discuss individual targets in the next few weeks.

At centre-back, ESPN reported last week United have drawn up a five-man shortlist of potential partners for £80m Harry Maguire.

Sevilla stalwart Jules Kounde tops that list if reports in Spain are to be believed, with United weighing up a £61million offer for the 22-year-old.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, out of contract this summer, and his Madrid teammate Raphael Varane are also targets.

Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings and Braga defender David Carmo, both left-footed, are also being tracked by United.

ESPN claimed this week Solskjaer would prefer to sign a left-footed centre-back this summer, and United opted out of the race to sign Bayern Munich-bound Dayot Upamecano as a result.

Bayern's David Alaba, also out of contract at the end of the season, would fit the bill but the Austria international is believed to have a verbal agreement with Real Madrid.

On the right, German newspaper Bild claims United have put together a package to tempt Bayern winger Kingsley Coman away from the Allianz Arena.


Coman, 24, has a £140,000-a-week contract in Bavaria which runs until 2023, but Bayern are desperate to tie him down to a new deal to avoid another Alaba situation.

United could also revisit their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho.

The 20-year-old, who has 10 goals and 15 assists so far this season, is expected to be available for much less than the £108m United were quoted for his signature last summer.

But Dortmund are unlikely to be as willing to let go of star striker and goalscoring machine Erling Haaland.

The Norway international, also 20, is believed to have a £68m release clause in his BVB contract but it does not activate until 2022.

Solskjaer admitted earlier this month he was 'following' Haaland, having worked with him for two seasons at Molde earlier in his career.

Haaland's two goals against Sevilla in the Champions League in midweek took him to an absurd 27 goals in 25 games this season, including 17 in the Bundesliga.

One goal ahead of Haaland in the Bundesliga goalscoring charts is Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva, who has emerged as a surprise target for United.

The Portuguese forward, 25, has 19 goals and five assists in competitons this season.

Frankfurt reportedly want around £26m for Silva, but United will face competition from Atletico Madrid for theformer AC Milan man.

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