Five surprise options to become Solskjaer's first foreign United signing
It will surely only be a matter of time before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes his first foreign signing at Manchester United.
The question on everybody’s lips is who will it be? And could they be signed in the January transfer window?
His first summer transfer window in charge of his beloved club resulted in the signings of British trio-Dan James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.
There is a clear onus from the Norwegian to build a young exciting United squad around British talent with Jadon Sancho and James Maddison identified as targets, which would aid his rebuild project.
We have covered transfer stories surrounding the futures of Erling Haaland, Mario Mandzukic, Sandro Tonali, Moussa Dembele and Bruno Fernandes.
But here are some foreign players that United should be considering signing.
According to The Mirror United are keeping tabs on West Brom loan star Pereira, who has had an impressive season in the Championship.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder who is on loan from Sporting Lisbon has already scored 3 goals and registered 6 assists.
The Mirror state that the Baggies have an option to sign Pereira for £8.25million but that fee won’t put off other admirers.
After signing James for £15m from Swansea, perhaps Solskjaer will be lining up another deal to snap up one of the Championships best performers.
The Brazilian also has the ability to play on either wing and is averaging 2.2 key passes per game.
At the age of 31, the Croatian international might not suit the age profile Solskjaer wants to build a side around.
However, if Nemanja Matic does leave in January, which looks increasingly likely, Rakitic could be the perfect addition to an inexperienced United midfield.
Rakitic is becoming growingly frustrated with a lack of game time at Barcelona after the Catalans splashed the clash on Frenkie de Jong.
He has had to make do with substitute cameo appearances and the most game time he has played in a match so far this season has been 62 minutes.
Rakitic, who has lifted a wealth of trophies during his time at Barcelona could be deployed as a deep-lying playmaker for United and add some much needed creativity and goal threat from long-range.
He would also instil a winning mentality into a young dressing room.
The young Dutchman has already stated that he would be interested in joining United on the condition the Red Devils qualify for the Champions League.
The 23-year-old who has the versatility to play in the wide areas, in the number 10 role, as a striker and in central midfield has over three years left to run on his contract.
In 10 Eredivisie appearances, Bergwijn has scored twice and produced seven assists.
So far in the Europa League this season he is averaging 4 dribbles and 2.3 key passes per game.
He hasn’t played since October 24 after picking up his injury in a Europa League game against LASK Linz, but when he returns to action, United should be monitoring his progress.
If United don’t manage to sign Sancho, Bergwijn could find himself following in the footsteps of Memphis Depay with a move to Old Trafford.
If that move did materialise, Bergwijn would hope to fare better then his compatriot.
Traore has played 11 times for Wolves in the Premier League this season after coming through Barcelona’s ‘La Masia’ youth system and going on to play for the club’s B team.
Traore’s recent form earned a call-up to the senior Spanish side before withdrawing with injury.
A big issue with Traore throughout his career has been his final product, he is one of the fastest players in world football and has a physical frame to match any rugby player.
However, there were too many times where the 23-year-old would get to the by-line after tying the oppositions full-back in knots on umpteen occasions and then have no idea what to do next.
The penny seems to have dropped this season and he is showing signs that his decision making is starting to work in tandem with his phenomenal physical attributes.
In 36 appearances across all competitions last season, Traore scored once and set up three goals.
He has already beaten that goalscoring contribution this season, in 20 games he has 2 goals and 5 assists.
He showed that he can shine on the biggest stage with two goals at the Etihad this season, he is averaging 3.6 dribbles in the Premier League this season.
Imagine a forward line of James, Rashford, Martial and Traore, that really would radiate fear across defences.
United may see Erling Haaland and Sancho as the final parts of their attacking jigsaw, but all of the big European powerhouses are going to be chasing the wonderkids’ signatures.
Solskjaer may have to draw up a list of alternative striker options if the club fail to pull off the signing of Haaland.
One man who deserves to be in the equation is Wolves’ Jimenez, he may only be in his second season in England, but he has proved to be a real handful for Premier League defences.
The big Mexican has been banging the goals in since arriving from Benfica on an initial season-long loan before being signed a permanent basis for a club record £32million.
After scoring 17 goals in all competitions last season, the 28-year-old has already hit the back of the net 13 times this campaign.
He has 5 goals in his last 6 Wolves appearances and has all the attributes to be a perfect striker partner alongside Anthony Martial if Solskjaer wanted to change formations.
Jimenez has the physical presence to hold the ball up and bring his team mates into play, but he is also deceivingly quick and has an eye for a pass.
United would have to pay a huge sum of cash to convince Wolves to sell one of their prized assets, but Jimenez is the complete forward.
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