Manchester United are reportedly preparing to splash the cash in the summer window by smashing their transfer record.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils may opt to spend a ‘significant sum’ on a centre-back or a new striker.

But the same outlet reckons a defensive midfielder is also high on the priority list at Old Trafford.

United have the worst record of the Premier League top 10, having conceded 30 goals in 23 games – six short of their goals against tally last season and with 15 games remaining.

League leaders Manchester City have let in just 14 goals following the transformative £64.3million signing of Ruben Dias, shortlisted as a potential target by former United manager Jose Mourinho in 2018.

United prioritised a move for Jadon Sancho last summer but Borussia Dortmund demurred and United failed to reinforce their right-hand side. Teenage winger Amad – a specialist right winger – has already scored three goals and assisted three in two games for the Under-23s and the 18-year-old is expected to make his first-team debut this month.

So a forward may not be as much of a priority, unless Erling Haaland is available, especially with United having the leakiest defence in the top nine.

RB Leipzig pair Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate have both been linked, the former having a £38m release clause.

Solskjaer is also thought to be a big fan of Kalidou Koulibaly but turning 30 this summer, would be too old for the United model.

Nemanja Matic, 32, is struggling and on the decline while Fred and Scott McTominay add mobility but lack defensive protection.

According to Manchester Evening News the club could go in for Leicester man Wilfred Ndidi, Denis Zakaria from Borussia Monchengladbach or Rennes’ highly-rated teenager Eduardo Camavinga.

Manchester United may opt to spend a ‘significant sum in the summer window


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