Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning a mass overhaul of his squad in the coming weeks as he bids to improve on their sixth-placed finish last season.
The Norwegian has already acquired the services of Wales international Daniel James, who moved to Old Trafford from Swansea last week for a fee of £18million.
Solskjaer is keen on bringing in another midfielder, a centre-back and a right-back before the close of the transfer window.
And according to the Manchester Evening News, United’s No.1 midfield target at this moment in time is Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot, who they’ve identified as an alternative to West Ham’s Declan Rice and Monaco ace Youri Tielemans.
However, the MEN claim the Red Devils will turn their attention to signing Newcastle youngster Sean Longstaff if snapping up free agent Rabiot is not possible.
Express Sport understands United chiefs have already held discussions with the Geordie’s representatives are and quietly confident of luring him away from St James Park.
Top of Solskjaer’s defensive wish-list is England Under-21 international Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who was one of Crystal Palace’s star performer’s last season.
United have already made overtures to sign the 21-year-old this summer, tabling two offers for the up-and-coming full-back.
Both bids, the most recent of which was a whopping £50million offer, have been firmly rejected by Palace, who want upwards of £60million for the defender.
Leicester City and England centre-back Harry Maguire is also said to be a target for Solskjaer, who permanently succeeded Jose Mourinho as manager in late March.
The Foxes were willing to sell their talismanic defender last summer but slapped a £75million asking price on the 26-year-old, a fee United scoffed at.
United still hold an interest in bringing the defender to Old Trafford this summer, though they’ll have to fork out a staggering £80million in order for Leicester to let their stalwart leave the King Power Stadium.
Solskjaer is keen to bring as many new faces in as possible this summer but only wants players who he believes fit the club’s culture.
“You have to have a certain kind of attitude about you to make you a Manchester United player,” Solskjaer said last month. “You have got to have the qualities and our fans want to see exciting players.
“Of course we want to get up from our seats. We want to see defenders who defend like they’re doing it for their lives, that’s the most important thing.
“We’ve tried to educate our players and our kids to be proper people. In my view, the best players have always been the best people. It’s always been in our culture. You have to have that work ethic and we’re scouting the market, trying to find the right ones.”