Transfer Deadline: The Four Players That Solskjaer Wants Signed By July 1

Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the match.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has indicated that the club must undergo an overhaul in order to taste success from next season onwards.

In view of that, reports had suggested that the Norwegian gaffer has demanded that the club sells the likes of Matteo Darmian, Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo, and Romelu Lukaku in the summer.

Those sales may also have the addition of Alexis Sanchez, with Mata likely to follow the path of Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera and be released by the club.

However, the more crucial question at this stage is who United will sign during the summer transfer window. In that regard, the club seems to be undertaking a drastic change in its purchase policy.


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As per the Sun, Solskjaer has told Ed Woodward and company that he wants the side’s major transfer targets to be wrapped up by July 1 in time for their pre-season tour. There are four signings that the Norwegian is keen on making.

However, the surprise here is that all four of these players are impressive Championship talents, from the second-tier of English football.


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Swansea City’s Daniel James is the most documented name amongst the lot and also the one that the club is expected to be on the verge of confirming. Further, recent claims have also linked them to Newcastle United’s midfielder Sean Longstaff. Both these players are 21 years of age.

In addition, the report also claims that the Red Devils are on the lookout for 18-year-olds Nathan Collins and Ben Godfrey, who play for Stoke and Norwich City respectively. These two are defenders and are widely being reported as Solskjaer’s answers to the defensive dilemmas at Old Trafford.

It seems that the philosophy at United is changing and that they are focusing on passionate youngsters rather than expensive big-name talents from Europe’s elite destinations.

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