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Man Utd Transfer Watch: Five players Solskjaer should target this summer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set for his first full season in charge of Manchester United, but if he's to succeed, the Norwegian tactician needs to upgrade his lineup.

On that note, here are 5 players United could sign before the end of the transfer window.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic- Lazio

With Paul Pogba looking likely to leave Old Trafford before the end of the transfer window, Manchester United would do well to push for a move for Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

The 24-year-old stands at 6'3, but despite his huge frame, he's great with the ball at his feet as he's able to take players on and hold the ball up while waiting for his teammates to run in behind – something Pogba does quite well.

Milinkovic-Savic managed to bag 5 goals and register 3 assists for Lazio in the Serie A last season – not particularly strong numbers, but you have to consider his team's overall goal output as well.

Surrounded by better players at United, Milinkovic-Savic could make a real impact in the Premier League. He's one of the most highly sought-after midfielders in the world, so United would have to cough up quite a bit of cash to secure his services.

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Samuel Umtiti- Barcelona

Manchester United are currently keen on signing Harry Maguire, but Leicester's valuation is far too high as the Foxes reportedly demand £85m up front for the Englishman's services.

Instead of splashing the cash on Maguire, Manchester United could set their sights on Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti instead.

The Frenchman has fallen down the pecking order at the Camp Nou, but still remains a quality centre-back capable of being a member of any top team's backline.

Barcelona will reportedly be willing to listen to offers within the region of £45m for his services, and considering his experience and ability, it's somewhat of a bargain.

Umtiti would be an upgrade on United's current set of centre-backs, and considering how much Leicester want for Maguire, it's fair to say that he'd be a much better option than the 26-year-old.

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Declan Rice - West Ham United

With Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera gone, Manchester United are currently short of midfield options. Hence they've turned their focus towards West Ham starlet, Declan Rice, to provide the team with some depth and defensive cover ahead of next season.

Standing at 6'1, Rice is versatile midfielder capable of being deployed as a defensive midfielder or as a centre-back.

He's great at marking players and winning the ball back. His ability on the ball is questionable, though, as he's not a silky smooth dribbler – nonetheless he's excellent at performing his defensive duties on the pitch thus making him the kind of midfielder United needs at the moment.

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David Neres - Ajax

Manchester United struggled to find the back of the net on a consistent basis last season, primarily due to the ineffectiveness of their forwards as well as a lack of quality goalscoring opportunities.

Solskjaer already looks set to introduce Bruno Fernandes in a bid to inject some more creativity into the side, but he'd do well to push for a move for Ajax's David Neres who lit up the Eredivisie last season and could do the same in the Premier League.

Neres, is a player with tons of flair – he's always looking to utilise flashy moves when an opportunity to do so presents itself.

The 22-year-old bagged 8 goals and registered 8 assists in 20 Eredivisie starts last season.

Neres is valued at £40m by Ajax, but Manchester United may have to battle it out with PSG who are also interested in securing his services considering Neymar's possible return to Barcelona.

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Sean Longstaff - Manchester United

Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in recent weeks as Solskjaer looks to add some depth to his side's midfield going into next season.

Longstaff's stats for Newcastle aren't particularly impressive, which is to be expected for midfield players in smaller sides - his ability, though, is telling when he turns out for the Magpies as he's got the balance, poise, vision and composure required to perform at the highest level.

Newcastle have slapped a £50m price tag on Longstaff, which, considering his experience and feats thus far, is quite high – United, though, haven't been known to be put off by exorbitant transfer fees in the past, especially when they're really keen on the player; hence, Longstaff could be in a Manchester United kit by the time next season commences.

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