Top Manchester United Target Hands Ultimatum To Premier League Side
Manchester United have the chance to sign Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's top defensive target next summer but need to be playing in the Champions League in 2021/22 to do so.
It was a busy transfer deadline day for United, with Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri all joining the club on Monday, whilst the signing of Amad Diallo was lined up for January and a move for Ousmane Dembele failed.
Despite all that, it was reported that Solskjaer didn't get any of his number one targets this summer, not that much of a surprise for anyone who saw the club's attempts to sign Jadon Sancho.
United also failed to sign the manager's number one defensive target, with Solskjaer wanting to sign RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano.
The club will have another chance next summer, although there will be lots of competition, but, according to the Mirror, that will only be the case if they've qualified for next season's Champions League.
Reports suggested that the hierarchy at the club didn't want to spend the £52 million for the 21-year-old centre back's transfer release clause this summer.
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The Leipzig centre back impressed in the club's Champions League quarter final win against Atletico Madrid but with United having spent so much on centre backs in recent years Ed Woodward didn't want to spend more.
Next summer the Frenchman's release clause drops to just £40 million and, with another year of top level football under his belt, he's likely to be much sought after by Europe's elite clubs.
United improved defensively last season, after signing Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka for about £130 million, but they have got worse in recent months.
Maguire in particular has come in for criticism and Solskjaer is yet to find him the right partner, as they've conceded 11 goals in the opening three games of the league season.
Solskjaer will hoping the signing of Telles will help at the back, with the form of Luke Shaw also under question in recent weeks.
The Red Devils did manage to sell Chris Smalling on the final day of the transfer window, with the former Fulham man going back to Roma this time on a permanent deal, but the likes of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo still remain despite clearly not being in the manager's plans.
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