Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly instructed Ed Woodward to conduct talks with Real Madrid over left-back Sergio Reguilon because he has doubts over two of his current crop.
United secured their first transfer of the window last week when they captured Ajax ace Donny van de Beek for £40million.
Along with another attacker, Solskjaer is hoping to bring in a left-back and centre-half before the October 5 deadline.
Reguilon helped Sevilla win the Europa League – and knock United out in the semi-finals – while on loan from Real Madrid last season.
But he finds himself third in the Bernabeu pecking order behind first choice Ferland Mandy and the experienced Marcelo.
Real are open to selling the 23-year-old this summer so long as they can recoup a nominal £27m fee.
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United have apparently been holding talks with Los Blancos as Woodward looks to make the Spaniard his second signing of the window.
The Mirror claims Solskjaer asked for Reguilon because he has doubts over Luke Shaw’s long-term reliability.
Academy graduate Brandon Williams broke into the first team to fill the gap left when Shaw was injured last term.
But Solskjaer thinks the 20-year-old needs more experience before he can be considered as a regular starter.
Reguilon would be open to moving to Old Trafford as he wants to be playing regular football.
Meanwhile, United legend Gary Neville has warned Woodward about how important it is to back Solskjaer in this transfer window.
“I think the left-back area is important because Luke [Shaw] has had injury problems,” Neville told the Webby and O’Neill YouTube channel.
“I think centre-back is critical and I do think at least one forward is important. I still think we need three or four signings.
“I’ve got a feeling they [the United board] are on it and are just not getting them over the line quite as quickly as they’d want.
“But they’re not panicking and they’re still in control I think. They’re not reacting to the market like they were a few years ago, they’re in control.
“The signings are better, they’re a better age-profile and look like they will be at the club for a long time rather than a season or two. I’m positive generally about United, but getting those players over the line is critical.”
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