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2 Serie A players Man Utd should be looking at this summer

Manchester United seem to be linked with everyone, but what two Serie A players are promising and realistic targets for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?

It has been a very interesting summer so far. Manchester United have been linked to well over ten different players, and currently only signing one of them; Daniel James.

However, it may look like some players are heading off in the other direction. With reports of the Juventus director Fabio Paratici travelling to London to meet with Manchester United’s chiefs about the future of Paul Pogba.

Alongside, Lukaku’s not-so-subtle interview in which he said “I’ve always wanted to play in two championships: the Premier League and Serie A. As for my future, I have already made a decision that I still cannot communicate publicly out of respect for Manchester United with whom I have a contract”, making his move look more real than ever.

For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United rebuild, here are two players in the Serie A which could prove to be important and realistic signings…

Mauro Icardi

With Romelu Lukaku’s comments about Serie A, as well as him admitting that “(it is) Good that Conte went to Inter, for me, he is the best coach in the world”.

Inter Milan have a current beloved striker of their own at a similar age and market value, 26 and £75million respectively. Mauro Icardi gathered himself 17 goals and 5 assists in 37 games last season. However, Maurizio Sarri who currently finds himself heading to Juventus considers him a ‘40 goal striker‘.

Will it be a straight swap between Lukaku and Icardi, and can each of them have a better season than their last?

Kostas Manolas

This speedy 27-year-old defender would fit in well with the blistering pace and physical demands of the Premier League. Manchester United seem nowhere near signing a top defender as rumours of De Ligt and Koulibaly fizzle out.

With a €35million release clause, Manolas could be a suitable rotation defender if, Ed Woodward decides to splash the cash on another top defender this summer.

Two Strikers Man Utd Need to Replace Inter Milan Transfer Target Lukaku

With the transfer window fully open, alongside the departures of Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia already confirmed, the rebuilding of his team will be at the forefront of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s mind.

Several transfer rumours have been doing the rounds, and one rumour that has surfaced again and again is the possible departure of Romelu Lukaku. Antonio Conte is a big admirer of the Belgian and tried to sign him when he was manager at Chelsea, Lukaku has made no secret of his interest to ply his trade in Seria A. So with Conte having just been appointed the new Inter Milan manager, it’s no surprise that Lukaku has been recently linked to the San Siro.

If these rumours turn out to be true, Solskjaer will need to replace the big Belgian, and I think Solskjaer should consider these two players as replacements, one being recently linked with Manchester United.

Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala is a gifted player, he can play as a forward, he can be deployed as the main striker, as a centre forward or as a supporting striker.

He’s elegant, quick, agile, with excellent technical ability Dybala is known for his dribbling skills, balance, and close control in limited spaces. He can beat opponents one and one and hold up the ball for teammates, with him being only 25 years old he’s a perfect replacement for Lukaku.

Luka Jovic

20-year-old Luka Jovic is one of the key players at Eintracht Frankfurt playing a phenomenal season so far. With having had an impressive season in the Bundesliga the young Serbian has aroused the interest of the European giants, including Barcelona and Liverpool.

Jovic likes to receive the ball on the ground and finish with his first touch. Jovic can utilise his pace to receive through balls from teammates, or he drops into space between opposition midfield and defence to receive and turn. In these situations, Jovic can take advantage of his dribbling ability to outplay opponents or to create gaps for a through pass by dragging out defenders.

With his good off-ball movement, Jovic is able to get rid of the opposition defenders. Often receiving the ball with an open body shape allows Jovic to finish with his first touch. He always knows the exact position of the goal, the Serbian is able to take precise shots even under pressure, this makes Jovic an extremely effective striker and dangerous in front of goal, all the attributes to easily fulfil the role of Lukaku.

It’s The Battle of Manchester as Man United Tussle With Man City Over Right Back Joao Cancelo

In a transfer window that we see everyone and everything linked to the two Manchester clubs, the latest is Joao Cancelo, the Juventus right-back.

Following the retirement of Antonio Valencia, United need to strengthen in that area, albeit Valencia didn’t show up much in his final season. Solskjaer has only Diogo Dalot to pick from at present and, Juventus’ Cancelo maybe the answer to the first part of the defensive conundrum he faces.

However, neighbours Man City, who seem to not be shy in the full-back areas, are also linked. It could see a tug of war between the clubs, much like the Alexis Sanchez saga. Which the red side won, as they splashed the cash, although United will be hoping for a better return of investment this time around.

Having only spent one season at the Old Lady, and winning the Serie A title in the process, Juve’s new man in charge may let the Portuguese defender go upon his arrival. Especially if he was to look to last season, as he failed to impress Allegri enough to hold down a regular starting spot.

However, after a great start to life in Italy following a move from Valencia, he seemed to fall off in the second half of the season and started to fall out of favour.

The only factor that could play a key role in the Manchester battle, is that of former red Cristiano Ronaldo, who would surely have only good things to say about his time at Old Trafford to his teammate.

With a reported 53m price tag on his head, United could see that as a decent deal, especially in today’s market. They need to spend big and well in the transfer market this summer, and Canelo could be a great signing.

Man United fans, what are your thoughts on Cancelo, good solid signing, or would you prefer someone else?

THE LOWDOWN: Who is Kalidou Koulibaly and What Can He Bring to Man United

Kalidou Koulibaly has established himself as one of the best centre-backs around in recent season with his impressive performances with Napoli.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs major defensive reinforcements this summer, as it’s been widely reported on. A defensive pairing of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones doesn’t frighten many attackers, and success is built from the back with a decent foundation – As well the Norwegian knows.

In what is going to be a defining window at Old Trafford, a high class and strong defender is going to be high on the priority list.

Looking across Europe, in what is going to be a tight market, they’re not going to be many that are much better than the Senegalese international. With Napoli knowing this and slapping a reported record fee of 150m on his head, despite his 63m rating by Transfermarkt.

The 27-year-old has a strong passing game amongst other attributes, which would be perfect for Solskjaer’s plan of turning defence into attack with his own brand of attacking football. Carlo Ancelotti recently described the defender as one of the best in the world, so his talent is there for all to see and is no wonder United are trying to get him signed up as soon as possible.

He would also come with a wealth of experience under his belt having played Champions League football and featured in a very exciting Napoli side in Serie A.

The Red Devils can not gamble on a defender with potential, they have that already in Victor Lindelof. Solskjaer needs a player that can bring the Swede on, potentially pairing him up with Koulibaly who is entering his peak years could be a stroke of genius if Ole can pull it off.

Man United fans, what do you make of Koulibaly – would he welcomed addition to Old Trafford?

Two Inter Milan Players Man United Should Look at in Proposed Alexis Sanchez Deal

The nightmare stint as a Man United player may nearly be over for Alexis Sanchez, as it seems all way point to an Old Trafford exit this summer.

Inter Milan have been heavily linked with the piano playing Chilean, as he looks for a way out. With the former Arsenal’s man wages so high it might prove a sticking point in the negotiations, however, United have been reported to have offered to pay him off in a bid to get him off the wage bill.

Having played in Serie A already with Udinese before his move to Barcelona, for Inter they will be buying a player with league experience. Furthermore, maybe the slower paced Italian league may suit Sanchez, as he looks to get back to his best form in a country that he made a name for himself originally.

With Solskjaer needing to rebuild his squad, using Sanchez as a makeweight in a deal that sees an Inter Milan player coming the other way probably won’t happen. With the player wanting to leave, and the club itself wanting the player out, it could well be an easy transaction. However, the Serie A side does have a couple of players that Solskjaer and Co should give a coat of looking at…

Roberto Gagliardini

The 25-year-old midfielder hasn’t played to much this season, however, in his 13 starts for Inter Milan he has scored five goals. Gagliardini had been dubbed the white Paul Pogba following his move from Atalanta in 2017 and has a very bright future ahead of him.

He is versatile in the midfield and possesses an outstanding ability to cover more ground than anyone in a bid to capture the ball and release the counter-attack.

Rated at 26.2m, the Italian could be a very good addition to Solskjaer’s new look side.

Mauro Icardi

The Argentine forward moved to the San Siro in 2013 from Sampdoria for 11.7m, since then his stock has risen to a whopping 81m.

However, things have soured for the former Captain since February over contract talks and is now looking for a way out of the club. Icardi is in a similar position to that of Sanchez – with both the player and the club wanting an exit.

The sticking point is, his rumoured preferred choice is Juventus, the current Serie A league winners, and hugely dominant force in Italy. But with United needing a striker and wanting the offload a player in Inter’s direction, this sounds like an easy deal to make…if there is such a thing in football.