Man Utd: Solskjaer explains reason for Lingard loan
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Manchester United will have to pay around £42million if they’re to sign Brighton star Ben White in this summer’s transfer window, it has been claimed. The Red Devils are looking to sign a new centre-back to partner Harry Maguire. And the club’s stance on Jules Kounde and Sergio Ramos has also emerged.
Manchester United have tightened up at the back in recent times.
The Red Devils have kept nine clean sheets in their last 13 matches across all competitions, boosting their chances of finishing in the Premier League top four and scooping silverware in the process.
Despite United seeing the likes of Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly improve, however, they know they need more if they’re to close the gap on Manchester City next term.
And Spanish journalist Jose David Lopez has claimed Kounde is their No 1 target.
However, the Red Devils are reluctant to meet the player’s release clause – with the Sevilla powerhouse unlikely to leave for anything less than £72m.
With that the case, United view White as the perfect alternative.
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But signing the in-form Brighton star won’t come cheap, with the Seagulls determined to get a fee of £42m for their prized asset.
That would make White the second most expensive centre-back in United’s entire history.
They paid a huge £80m to land Maguire from Leicester back in the summer transfer window of 2019, breaking the bank for the Foxes star in order to acquire his signature.
And next on the list is Rio Ferdinand, who ended up costing them an overall fee of £41m as a result of his fine performances and big success during his stint at the Theatre of Dreams.
It’s also claimed that the Red Devils aren’t interested in swooping for Ramos, whose time with Real Madrid appears to be coming to an end.
And centre-back isn’t the only area where United want to strengthen.
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They’d like a new striker, with the futures of Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial currently up in the air.
Erling Haaland would be their preferred choice, despite the Norway international snubbing the club’s advances in order to sign for Borussia Dortmund 14 months ago.
But Lautaro Martinez may be the perfect alternative amid reports Inter Milan owe them money over a missed payment for Romelu Lukaku.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer has insisted his side are defending better after their 1-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday night.
“It hurt when we conceded that goal [to Milan] but we are defending better,” he said. “We are defending from the front.
“Our forwards sometimes you think, ‘come on’, when we are attacking, but they have done so much running and pressing.
“That is one of the pleasing things today, the energy was there, Mason [Greenwood], Bruno [Fernandes], Dan [James], Marcus [Rashford].
“I didn’t feel we needed to make a change because they did such a good job up there.”
Solskjaer also hailed the result as ‘massive’.
“It was massive for us,” continued the 48-year-old.
“We know what momentum can give you or take away from you and, of course, the goal we conceded in the last minute against Milan, it is a mental test.
“How did we react and everyone has reacted in the right way. We have kept a clean sheet. We started poorly.
“The first 15 minutes, I have to say, we kept giving them easy turnovers, giving them chances to break on us.
“Then again our back four, they won the ball back for us. The recovery was really good and we kept them away from hitting the target once.
“Dean [Henderson] didn’t have one save to make which is the sign of a good performance.”
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