Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer draws up list of key long-term transfer targets

Solskjaer has his transfer plans all mapped out (Picture: Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has drawn up an eight-man list of long-term targets ahead of the January transfer window, reports say.

Manchester United are expected to do business in January, with Solskjaer’s main priority appearing to be the signing of a striker.

Mario Mandzukic has been heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford and ESPN claim United have decided on a lengthy list of priority targets.

RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho are key targets and are set to be the subjects of formal enquiries from United in January.

Jadon Sancho and Declan Rice try to take the ball off a Netherlands player during an England game
England internationals Sancho and Rice are targets of United’s (Picture: Getty)

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, Leicester playmaker James Maddison, West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, Lyon striker Moussa Dembele and Aston Villa duo John McGinn and Jack Grealish are also proprieties.

United intend to chase these targets beyond the January window, but are prepared to spend in the winter window if their ‘key’ targets become available.

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Solskjaer is determined to build his United squad around talented youngsters who would predominately be British, just as Sir Alex Ferguson did when he was in charge at Old Trafford.

United want to significantly strengthen their midfield, as well as their forward line after the departures of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.

Aston Villa duo Jack Grealish and John McGinn embrace after a goal
Aston Villa duo McGinn and Grealish could cost almost £100m (Picture: Getty)

Solskjaer was unable to replace Sanchez and Lukaku during the summer and the latter claimed this week the United boss wanted him to stay.

‘Solskjaer has my eternal respect,’ Lukaku said.

‘He understood me when I said in March that it was time for me to leave England.

‘I have been in the Premier League as an 18-year-old boy and now I am 26. Solskjaer wanted to keep me, but I was ready for something new.’

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