Serie A Stars Linked with Red Devils Move

Serie A Stars Linked with Red Devils Move

Manchester United are currently enjoying a resurgence under the guidance of club legend and stand-in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, following the dismissal of former coach Jose Mourinho.

The latter Portuguese tactician was sacked from the Old Trafford hot seat after a stuttering run of form, with Solskjaer having subsequently taken up the mantle alongside assistant coaches Michael Carrick and Mike Phelan.

He has overseen a strong surge in form and fortunes since he took over the role, leading to many suggesting that the Norwegian could actually earn himself the job on a full-time basis this coming summer.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is also in their thinking, with the Argentine coach having been previously lined up to replace Mourinho on the red half of Manchester. 

Although, Solskjaer has plenty of work still to do this season, as the Red Devils aim to secure a Champions League position ahead of rivals Chelsea and Arsenal. They are regarded at 7/4 with bet365 in the Premier League betting to claim a top-four spot this current campaign, after turning their results around in recent times. 

Meanwhile, the January transfer window is open and Solskjaer may delve into the market to help achieve that feat and cement himself the permanent role as boss. So, here are several targets from Serie A that he could swoop for. 
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Kalidou Koulibaly  

It's clear that Man Utd are keen to strengthen at the back and they have reportedly made a new centre back their top priority in the coming weeks. 

Napoli centre back Kalidou Koulibaly has become one of the most highly rated men in his position in recent seasons and he has attracted the attention of the Old Trafford scouts. 

The Serie A club are hoping to retain his services until at least the summer though, meaning the Red Devils will have to push hard to force through a deal for the talented defensive unit. He would undoubtedly sure up the club's struggling rearguard though. 

Douglas Costa

Staying in Italy's top flight and Juventus wide man Douglas Costa is said to be a target of both Man United and Chelsea, with the speedster being linked with a big-money switch from Turin. 

The 28-year-old Brazil international attacker is a creative spark that could help Man Utd in their pursuit of reaching the top four this term, but he will be cup-tied in the Champions League if he was to depart Italy's reigning champions.

Solskjaer may still swoop for the Samba star, who is reportedly keen to depart Juve after starting just four domestic league games this season. 

Kostas Manolas 

Roma defender Kostas Manolas is another defensive prospect for United, with the solid centre back being linked with a move to Old Trafford for some time now. 

The Serie A tackler is a key component for his current club and they want to keep him until the summer at least. But the Red Devils are ready to trigger his supposed €36m release clause to land their man.


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