Man Utd: Solskjaer lauds 'world-class' Cavani after penning new deal
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Manchester United are working on three signings with club chiefs busier than they’ve been in years, according to reports. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has virtually guided his side to a second-placed Premier League finish. But with Manchester City steamrolling their way to title glory, they’re aware more is required.
Manchester United endured a difficult start to the season.
Defeats to Crystal Palace and Tottenham, both at Old Trafford, saw pressure rise on Solskjaer – especially with Mauricio Pochettino available at the time.
But United have overcome that poor form to enjoy a good campaign, with the club set to finish second while also being in the Europa League final.
It’s been quite the turnaround from Solskjaer, who is set to be given a new contract at Old Trafford when things draw to a close.
And Tribal Football say that, behind the scenes, United chiefs are ‘busier than they’ve been in years’.
It’s claimed they’re working on three potential signings, with Harry Kane on their radar still.
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United recently secured the future of Edinson Cavani for another 12 months, having initially feared the 34-year-old would up and leave to join Boca Juniors this summer.
Many have expected them to drop their pursuit of Kane in the aftermath – yet the publication claims that isn’t the case and the Red Devils still want to strike a deal.
It’s certainly easy to see why, with the Tottenham star scoring 22 times from 33 Premier League outings while also registering 13 assists.
And Kane isn’t the only player United want to snap up.
Jadon Sancho is another name on their wishlist – and not for the first time, either.
The Borussia Dortmund star has been pursued by the Red Devils three times previously, with interest actually dating back to Jose Mourinho’s time in charge.
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It’s claimed Sancho is aware that United and his representatives are back in touch after seeing a move to Old Trafford break down back in the summer.
And Solskjaer is hopeful it’ll be fourth time lucky when it comes to signing the 21-year-old, who has scored 14 goals and registered 20 assists across all competitions this term.
The third arrival club chiefs are working on is that of Raphael Varane.
Sir Alex Ferguson was eager to sign the France international from Lens back in the summer transfer window of 2011, convinced he’d be the ideal long-term replacement for Rio Ferdinand.
They ended up missing out, though, with Zinedine Zidane luring the centre-back to Real Madrid instead.
But United are now hopeful they’ll get the 28-year-old in the door, at long last.
If that happens, he’d be expected to play alongside Harry Maguire at the heart of Solskjaer’s defence going forward.
And that would mean the likes of Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly having to settle for a place on the bench next term.
Speaking last week, after United lost 2-1 to Leicester to hand Manchester City the Premier League title, Solskjaer urged the club to spend to close the gap.
“If you want to take up the challenge with them, of course, we need to strengthen our squad,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.
“Congratulations to them. They’ve had a fantastic season.
“I’m very pleased with my boys because they’ve made it into the last 10 days of the season with a Man City team ahead of us that are lauded as the best in Europe.
“We’ve done well but we want to take the next step and it might be that we need a couple more to have a stronger squad.”
Asked if he knows where he wants to strengthen, the Norwegian added: “That’s a long process and we know what we want to do.
“First of all, congratulations to Man City for winning the league, very worthy champions. We’ve got to hold our hands up and say that.
“But that’s where we want to be and we’re not there yet. They’ve put the bar where it is and that’s up to us now to take the next step.”
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