Man Utd focused on signing £60m star as Solskjaer looks to kick-start £250m spree
Manchester United want to sign £60m-rated Benfica centre-back Ruben Dias after being priced out of a move for Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly
Managers are working hard trying to strengthen their squads during the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, Manchester United have turned their attention to Ruben Dias…
Manchester United have turned their attention to signing £60m-rated Benfica centre-back Ruben Dias after being priced out of a move for Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly, according to the Mirror.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is gearing-up for a busy summer in the transfer market as he knows major improvements are needed throughout the United squad after they finished sixth in the Premier League this season.
The Mirror claim that Solskjaer will be handed at least £250m to spend on revamping his squad this summer and a new dominant central defender is on the agenda after United conceded 54 goals in the league this campaign.
Manchester United have been strongly linked with Koulibaly but the newspaper says they’ve been put off by Napoli’s huge £150m valuation after seeing an initial £85m offer knocked back last week while Real Madrid also failed with a £90m bid for the Senegalese star.
The Mirror claims United have now turned their attention to Dias after identifying him as an alternative target to Koulibaly and suggest Benfica will do business if £60m is put on the table this summer.
That would represent a much cheaper deal than what they’re being quoted for Koulibaly and Dias is also six years younger than the Napoli man – who’ll turn 28 next month – so it could be a tempting proposition for United.
Dias came through the youth ranks at Benfica after joining the club as a child and he’s developed into one of the best young centre-backs in Europe while he’s also now a regular with the Portuguese national team.
We’ll have to wait and see how negotiations with Benfica progress but the 22-year-old could be one of several new arrivals at Old Trafford this summer as the Mirror claims Solskjaer is hoping to use his £250m kitty to sign at least five new faces.
As well as Dias, the paper says other targets include Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Swansea winger Dan James, Monaco playmaker Youri Teilemans and Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire.
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The likes of Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and David De Gea are also being linked with moves away from Old Trafford this summer so it looks like it’s going to be a hectic few months ahead at Manchester United.
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