Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shortlisted three center backs he feels would improve his side next season.
With the Victor Lindelof – Harry Maguire center-back partnership failing to work, The Athletic reports that the Norwegian has already started the journey of identifying potential signings in the summer.
Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate, Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings, and Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic are among the names being considered by the club according to the reports with the former having been linked with a move to United last summer.
“United had a scout in attendance as he (Kounde) played the full 90 minutes in their Champions League last-16 first leg against Borussia Dortmund a week ago. Konate, RB Leipzig’s 21-year-old defender, is other reports are continuing to be filed on by United’s recruitment staff.
“However, Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic has been proposed to United but the 23-year-old is not being actively pursued. Closer to home, Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings was under consideration on a list of three center-backs last summer before United prioritized other positions due to the financial impact of the pandemic,” the report claimed.
Of the center back options available for Solskjaer apart from Lindelof and Maguire, Bailly has had injury issues, Tuanzebe looking still not ready to be trusted with Phil Jones expected to leave the club in the summer.