Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hyped for the pre-season period to commence. With just two games left for this campaign, it is fair to say that things haven’t gone entirely according to the Norwegian’s plans.
While the side was placed in an awful spot under Jose Mourinho, the brilliance of Solskjaer’s initial games led many to think that a top four finish, an FA Cup triumph and perhaps even a fruitful UCL run would be achieved with ease.
However, beings ousted from all other competitions since, the Red Devils now have to win both of their remaining games and hope that results elsewhere go their way, just to qualify for the Champions League next season.
The club will have to spend big in order to avoid such a scenario in the future and now reports suggest that Solskjaer is doing just that.
As per L’Equipe, Solskjaer is taking early transfer steps, through intermediaries, to assess the profile of Moussa Dembele from Lyon. The 22-year-old Frenchman has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season and is prolific at finding the back of the net.
United have been linked with him for quite a while now and Solskjaer reportedly wishes to assess the player’s attitude. This is understandable given that issues with commitment and attitude are presently plaguing the Old Trafford dressing room.
The report adds that the striker is valued at around €50 million. This fee certainly appears modest given that he has 4 years left on his contract still and the sheer potential he carries.
With Romelu Lukaku on the verge of being sold, Dembele could be the logical replacement signing in Solskjaer’s lineup. The Belgian hasn’t proven to be the goal-scoring machine he was expected to be and now it seems unlikely that Solskjaer will want him in his roster for next season.