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Solskjaer seeks signature of this defender

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Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not hidden his desire to secure the signature of Kalidou Koulibaly from the Italian Serie A outfit Napoli as he is in search of a quality central defender.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s belief is that Kalidou Koulibaly is of the same level as Liverpool’s defender Virgil van Dijk making him desperate to land the deal but it has been difficult as this is not the first time the Red Devils will not be making moves to land him.

The Senegal international, it has been claimed would not mind linking up at Old Trafford but he is also not desperate to part ways with the club, having claimed severally that he is happy at Naples.

Should Kalidou Koulibaly decide to leave Napoli, Man United will be his likely destination but it will not be an easy one because he is an asset to the club for Napoli in recent years, and Man United will have to break the bank if a deal is to happen.

His current deal with the Italian giants runs until 2023 and he won’t be cheap to sign, with the 29-year-old valued at a huge £100million.

Meanwhile, talkSPORT host Jim White has claimed Napili president Aurelio De Laurentiis has laughed off the prospect of Koulibaly leaving.

“There isn’t a window in the last two, three or four that we don’t see big mentions of the Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly,” White said.

“This morning, I spoke to Aurelio De Laurentiis, the Napoli owner, and said what about your player, are there bids in for him? He laughed it off saying he’s not for sale. It seems on this occasion Koulibaly is going nowhere.

“He stays and that was as recent as this morning. Anyone going in with anything other than £100million for Koulibaly can forget it. He’s absolutely not for sale unless one of the big clubs in England come up with £100million.”

However, the Red Devils have spent big on defenders since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford in December 2018 with Aaron Wan-Bissaka joining for a fee of £50m from Crystal Palace in 2019, making him one of the most-expensive right-backs in world football in the process.

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What Roy Keane said to Dean Henderson revealed

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The Red Devils legend Roy Keane has spoken of the dangers for goalkeeper Dean Henderson if he continues to stay with Man United without regular playing time.

Roy Keane argues that a promising goalkeeper like the England international needs to be seen regularly in games and that might not be given to him at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils legend is not the first to make such a claim, as England national team manager Gareth Southgate already gave his advice by stating that Dean Henderson must secure regular playing time at his club before he can stand the chance of playing for the country.

Dean Henderson had made attempts to leave Manchester United but the club’s chiefs are not ready to lose a player with such top quality and ended up securing a new and improved deal for him to remain at the club.

The 23-year-old will only have the opportunity of stepping in between the sticks if David de Gea picks up an injury as the Spanish goalkeeper has been established as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one.

According to Roy Keane, a player who starred in two loan spells at Sheffield United deserves better than a second choice goalkeeper at the Old Trafford as he laments that there are no chances he would be leaving anytime soon after signing a new deal at the club.

Keane said “It’s a nightmare scenario for him. He wants to play for Man United, of course, he does. Being in goal for Sheffield United and Man United every week is completely different, but he had to go back. Ole wanted to see him and work with him closely. You want to get better by playing the games, you can do all the training sessions you want, but if you’re not playing every week, the kid’s going to go backwards – and that’s going to cost him, ultimately.

“For example, if [Jordan] Pickford has a difficult spell – which he always seems to be, in my eyes – then it’s probably difficult for Gareth [Southgate] to go and pick a goalkeeper who’s not playing regularly.

“It’s a difficult situation for Henderson. Come January, do United really want to let him go out on loan. I don’t think so, because then they need cover for De Gea in case something happens to him.”

Meanwhile, Dean Henderson will remain a major part of the England national team as his reputation speaks well for him.

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Manchester United planning move for 23-year-old attacking midfielder

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Manchester United are long-term suitors of Bournemouth versatile midfielder David Brooks and they are already planning to bring him to Old Trafford to beat other interested clubs.

The Red Devils might be planning for the departure of France international Paul Pogba with this move as the World Cup winner is obviously unhappy.

The former Juventus midfielder has also fueled speculations of his move away from Old Trafford on several occasions, alongside his representatives with Real Madrid and Juventus considering the option of cashing in on him.

Man United have succeeded in extending the contract of the France international to the summer of 2021 but that does not mean he would not leave the club if he desires and the right offer is tabled.

The 23-year-old is no doubt an interesting talent that could fill the gap and also prove to be a future of the club knowing that he is very much younger.

David Brooks was out of action in most of the games last season due to injury as he had just nine games which can be traced t why the Cherries suffered relegation to the Championship.

Missing out of action in most games last season does not rule out David Brooks as a great player and that has not reduced the interest in him by several Premier League clubs.

Liverpool are also believed to be interested in the signature of David Brooks, alongside Everton and Leicester City with his return to the top flight being discussed.

His quality was hailed and confirmed by Man United legend Ryan Giggs who claims the 23-year-old has all it takes to play at the biggest stage.

“He wasn’t available for the first game, but it was great for him to join up later in the week and start the second game,” said Giggs. “He’s a very talented player. He ended the season playing a lot of games, but it’s a long time out.

“I’ve seen there’s speculation about a lot of players. Brooksy’s obviously a talented player and now Bournemouth are in the Championship. I’ve always said it’s better if the lads are playing, and the higher the standard the better as well. But that isn’t always a given.” He added.

David Brooks could be the latest Bournemouth star to part ways with the club as long as the right offer is submitted with Man United keen to land him in the summer transfer window.

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Solskjaer given transfer orders

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Man United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reportedly given an order to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to offload a trio of players if he must land a new central defender.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keen on a central defender to partner Harry Maguire after he failed to invest in that area in the last summer transfer window. Now they have reportedly set their eyes on Jules Kounde from Spanish La Liga outfit Sevilla.

The Red Devils have been told that Jules Kounde will cost them a £60 m fee which means they will have to cash in from the sale of some players before anything positive can happen.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has, therefore, been instructed by Ed Woodward to do away with three out-of-favour players at Old Trafford.

The club outcast, Sergio Romero tops the list alongside Phil Jones. There are assurances that the first duo could leave before the end of the transfer deadline.

Jules Kounde is also on the radar of other clubs like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus which means Man United must do more to be able to land him.

Sergio Romero has already told the club he wants to leave after going down the pecking order.

He was stopped from a move to Everton in the summer and his wife blasted the club for that “Sergio Romero worked hard for his club.

The last trophy they won, they lifted it with him. He helped the team [reach] 4 finals/semifinals, and then he was left on the bench only to lose them all. It is time to return the opportunity and let him go. RESPECT FOR ONCE.” She wrote on her social media page.

“He said to me: ‘Look, now the season is over and everyone has a few days off. Then we go to play the Europa League… I’m not going to count on you because you haven’t trained for four months’.”

He added on his future plans: “My idea is also to try to stay at Estudiantes. I played a game, got injured and all of this happened.

“That is why I will see in September if the loan can be extended and continue for a few more months.”

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