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Solskjaer planning United overhaul

4th April 2019, 04:00 by Michael Holland

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to build his side around the likes of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford this summer.

United are prepared for a busier summer transfer window than usual as Solskjaer looks to revamp his side with a number of new signings, while a host of players could be on the move.

Club captain Antonio Valencia is sure to leave at the end of his deal this summer, when fellow full-back Matteo Darmian looks set to belatedly get his Old Trafford exit.

Questions continue over fellow defender Marcos Rojo despite him signing an improved contract until 2021 last March, shortly after United made Alexis Sanchez their highest-paid player.

Solskjaer has to decide what to do with the Chilean, while the club continues to talk to star goalkeeper David De Gea over a new deal with his current contract expiring at the end of the 2019-20 season.

The 28-year-old may be keen to stay at Old Trafford but wages have proven a stumbling block, with no agreement reached after 18 months of negotiations.

Meanwhile Pogba and Rashford are the star names that have been linked with moves away but the pair are individuals that Solskjaer believes can fulfil their ambitions at United.

"I would believe so, that's our aim as a club to be achieving what we have done in the past and that is the expectations here and of course we are hoping to build a team strong enough worthy of the history of the club," the Norwegian said recently.

"Yeah (they are two players we can build on), and you have got loads of players who you can build a team around and those are the two that you asked me about. They are vital for our future."

As for players arriving at the club Jadon Sancho, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Saul Niguez and Declan Rice are among those to have been linked with a summer move to Old Trafford, while it is understood United have been keeping a close eye on highly-rated Benfica teenager Joao Felix.

Real Madrid central defender Raphael Varane is also said to be a target.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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