Solskjaer To Target Mandzukic And Dembele In January Transfer Window

Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified two attacking targets for January.

After multiple rounds of negotiations, the Norwegian finally managed to ship off Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, that too for a decent transfer fee. However, no replacement was recruited in the Belgian’s stead, and the Mancunians are now facing its consequences.

During Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to West Ham, Marcus Rashford got off the field injured, joining fellow forward Anthony Martial on the sidelines for the weeks to come.

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Now, Manchester United possess just one proper striker for their first team, in the form of teenage academy graduate Mason Greenwood.

Solskjaer appears to have finally realised the need to strengthen his attacking line in the upcoming winter transfer window, reports the Independent. In fact, he has discussed his plans for the same with the club’s vice-chairman, Ed Woodward.

The report indicates that the United boss has identified two transfer targets, viz. Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic and Barcelona starlet Ousmane Dembele.

Mandzukic, 33, was strongly linked with a summer switch to the Theatre of Dreams. But eventually, the Reds decided against bringing the Croatian in as backup, with his age being the major factor.

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On the other hand, Ole is also pondering a move for Dembele who, if signed, is likely to feature as a starter rather than a backup. But with an aim to strengthen the squad for the long term, the manager considers this signing as a sensible one.

The source adds that Barcelona are willing to part ways with the French international, provided they receive excess of £100m in return. Meanwhile, a pursuit from United remains on the cards, as they continue to keep this particular option “under consideration”.

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