Solskjaer Wants Sean Longstaff Deal Done Before United Fly To Australia On Sunday

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer poses with a scarf on the pitch.

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Manchester United seem to have found their footing in the transfer market. Past speculation had indicated that the club has stepped into the summer window carrying the same naivety that they’d be as attractive as in the past.

However, their failure to attain silverware coupled with the lack of Champions League football for next season has significantly reduced the pool of players whom they could realistically pursue.

A series of alleged high-profile rejections later, the club turned their approach around and have begun targeting upcoming British talent. The deals for Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are ample proof of the same.

Now, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has specific instructions for the United board.

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As per the Telegraph, Solskjaer is keen on making at least one more addition to his roster before they fly off to Australia on Sunday to start their pre-season tour.

The Premier League giants are set to have games in Perth and in Asia with clubs like AC Milan and Tottenham in the fray.

As of such, the Norwegian gaffer has ample opportunities to fine-tune his squad for the upcoming season.

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At the moment, United are actively involved in securing the deals of Sean Longstaff and Bruno Fernandes. The Newcastle United midfielder is expected to be the likely arrival with the club speculated to make an official bid in the coming week.

As for the Portuguese international, it is believed that personal terms have been agreed to and a transfer fee is being negotiated by the two clubs. The hunt for midfielders is largely to replace Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera. Further, Solskjaer is also expected to try and take stock of the Paul Pogba situation. If he gains clarity on the Frenchman’s future, the club can decide whether or not to sign a replacement.

Lastly, a centre-back will also be pursued by the club as it is their primary flaw at the moment.