Sancho, van de Beek and de Ligt head Man United’s star-studded summer wishlist – Standard

The latest media chatter in England this weekend suggests that Manchester United have identified as many as 5 high-profile stars from across Europe as potential additions to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad this summer.

United get the job done

An at-times hugely trying domestic campaign at Old Trafford came to a close two weeks ago.

The Red Devils of course headed into the Premier League season with the aim of reclaiming their spot in the top-4 in mind, ahead of a return to the Champions League in 2020/21.

And, having added the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire to the club’s shaky backline ahead of the campaign getting underway, United no doubt fancied their chances of doing just that.

It was not the club’s latest crop of defensive reinforcements which eventually turned their fortunes around, however.

Instead, it was the January addition of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP.

Portuguese creator Fernandes almost single-handedly got the Reds’ Champions League pursuit back on track, sparking a 14-game unbeaten run to eventually lead Solskjaer’s men to a 3rd-placed Premier League finish.

Manchester United’s Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes (L) celebrates scoring their second goal with Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on June 30, 2020. (Photo by Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP)

United’s big-money wishlist

While the players have held up their end of the bargain in securing their spot back in European football’s premier club competition, though, the work for those behind the scenes at Old Trafford is just beginning.

Manchester United’s squad remains far from complete, with major reinforcements required before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co. can even begin to think about competing in the latter stages of the Champions League.

If the aforementioned speculation doing the rounds in the English media today is to be believed, though, then those in a position of power on the red half of Manchester appear ready to remedy this situation.

As per a report from James Robson of the Evening Standard, United have drawn up a star-studded 5-man shortlist of potential summer signings.

The priority remains finding a deal with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho, but, if an agreement cannot be struck at a price deemed reasonable, the English giants are ready to switch their attentions to Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman.

A loan deal would be ideal for the Red Devils, though Bayern are likely to demand an outright purchase.

When it comes to possible additions in midfield, Jack Grealish remains the no.1 target at Old Trafford.

Aston Villa’s Premier League survival, though, could make a deal tricky to come by, with Ajax’s Donny van de Beek having therefore been identified as a backup option.

Finally, Matthijs de Ligt is labelled a ‘long-term target’ to reinforce the heart of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence, though Juventus are highly unlikely to be open to a sale over the coming weeks, with the Dutchman having begun to justify his hefty price-tag with a string of stellar displays over the 2nd-half of the Bianconeri’s season.

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