Solskjaer ready to back himself with solution as he threatens to abandon Man Utd defender deal

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is willing to abruptly end his side’s interest in defender Gabriel Magalhaes, according to a report.

Solskjaer ready to back himself with solution as he threatens to abandon Man Utd defender deal

Solskjaer ready to back himself with solution as he threatens to abandon Man Utd defender deal

Reports have claimed United are keen on the Lille defender. Gabriel has impressed in the last 18 months since breaking through to the Ligue 1 side’s senior team.

Further speculation has claimed that Arsenal are also in the race, with the 22-year-old to make a decision over his future this week.

However, the Evening Standard reports that United’s transfer committee had earmarked Nathan Ake as a firmer target.

The Dutchman has joined Manchester City, with Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly another “dream” addition. However, the newspaper says United cannot afford him and Jadon Sancho in the same transfer window.

As such, Gabriel – rated at around £20million – is the next best option. However, his status in United’s pecking order has reportedly caused concern for Solskjaer, who is only willing to spend on the right players.

Therefore, Solskjaer is reportedly considering sticking with Eric Bailly to see if he can become a top centre-back. The Ivory Coast international has struggled with injury, namely a serious knee problem.

However, the Red Devils boss believes there is a “top-class talent” in the 26-year-old if he can prove himself.

The major concern Solskjaer has with Bailly is his tendency to lunge into tackles. Still, the manager feels there are “raw materials” he can work with in the future.

Solskjaer is keen for a new defender to break up the partnership between Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

The pair proved efficient this season, with United recording the Premier League’s third-best defensive record. But the Norwegian coach feels he needs a new recruit going forward.

BARCELONA STAR ON MAN UTD SHORTLIST?

Meanwhile, another report claims Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is on United’s shortlist of winger targets.

The club’s top target in that position is Sancho, for whom they are locked in talks with Borussia Dortmund.

However, should that deal not transpire, United could look to Frenchman Dembele as an alternative.

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