Solskjaer 'holds off spending £80million on defender'

Solskjaer 'holds off spending £80million on defender'

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly planning to 'hold off' spending an allocated £80million on a new defender this summer and will instead focus Manchester United's efforts on recruiting a winger.

According to the Sun, the United-boss-in-waiting has been given a transfer kitty framed with a new centre-back in mind following the grievances of former manager Jose Mourinho about the position.

Mourinho lamented a lack of options at centre-half, regularly rotating between Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof during his three-year stay.

But the Norwegian interim boss is determined to allow United's current contingent a fair crack at the whip, following a dramatic upturn in form since the former Red Devils striker took charge.

Instead, the report outlines that signing a right winger is a greater priority for the club, with Juventus's fleet-footed Brazilian Douglas Costa and Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic both noted as targeted.

Recruiting a new central defender would not come cheap for 20-time top flight winners. Napoli's highly-rated Senegalese stopper Kalidou Koulibaly has previously been linked with the club, but any move for him would likely require smashing the world transfer record for a defender.

That record is currently held by Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk, who has transformed the Merseysiders' back-line into the country's most revered since arriving from Southampton in January 2018 for £75million.



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