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Man Utd add Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt to £250M shopping list

Manchester United have added Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt to their £250m shopping list this summer.

The Mirror says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the United hierarchy he must make at least four strategic signings this summer and offload players if the Reds are to challenge for the major prizes again.

United were outclassed by Barcelona on Tuesday, with Lionel Messi scoring twice in a 3-0 win at the Nou Camp to send Solskjaer's men out 4-0 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.

England trio Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) are top of United's wanted list, along with Ajax's Matthijs De Ligt, as Solskjaer plans a radical overhaul of his squad.

There will be a major cull at Old Trafford, with Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez all leaving as part of a huge summer rebuild.

United's humbling in Spain, coupled with their struggle to secure a top-four place to ensure Champions League football next season, have exposed the glaring deficiencies within their squad.

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