Manchester United have added Atalanta center-back Cristian Romero to their shortlist after they need to strengthen their backline this summer time.
Discovering a long-term associate for Harry Maguire has lengthy been one among Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s highest priorities, the place each Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly usually are not seen as appropriate candidates for the position.
Solskjaer desires a brand new associate for Maguire | Craig Mercer / MB Media / Getty Photographs
90min understands that Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Villaureal Pau Torres have been recognized as United’s two finest targets of the summer time, however with each gamers attracting curiosity from many of the recreation’s elites, membership officers are eager to discover different choices.
In response to Sky Sports activities Information, the broader search has led them to Romero, who is anticipated to be a part of Atalanta completely this summer time after excelling beneath his mortgage from Juventus.
Atalanta are possible to set off their £ 21.5m choice to signal the 23-year-old completely, but it surely is known that they’d be ready to show him round for a fast win if somebody got here in with a proposal of over £ 34m.
Atalanta plans to signal Romero completely | Soccrates Photographs / Getty Photographs
Lille Sven Botman is one other on United’s reserve record, whereas membership officers are retaining a watch on the scenario for Raphael Varane, who’s approaching a departure from Actual Madrid this summer time after refusing to lengthen his contract.
After his staff’s 2-1 loss to Leicester Metropolis, Solskjaer acknowledged that United nonetheless must strengthen in the event that they are to compete with champions Manchester Metropolis subsequent season.
“If you ought to take the problem with them, we’ve to strengthen our group,” he mentioned. “We wish to take the subsequent step and it might be that we’d like a pair extra to strengthen the squad.”
Solskjaer insists that reinforcements are mandatory Pool / Getty Photographs
Discovering a brand new striker is not any longer a precedence for United following the extension of Edinson Cavani’s contract, so the membership can now flip to different targets. 90min understands that the main focus is on Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, who desires a switch of 75 million kilos earlier than the euro.
A full-back right-back can also be on the agenda, with Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier on the radar, and the membership additionally desires a brand new backup goalkeeper. Aston Villas Tom Heaton has been contacted however is believed to favor a transfer to a membership that may provide him soccer in the primary staff.
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