Man Utd: Solskjaer urges team to use Europa pain to rebuild
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Manchester United outcast Diogo Dalot is being eyed by Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid in a surprise deal. The transfer would allow Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to land his preferred target Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid this summer.
Real Madrid are interested in signing Dalot this summer with Ancelotti in charge.
It comes as United prepare to make room in their squad for Trippier, who is one of the top targets of Solskjaer’s.
The Red Devils are ready to splash the cash this year and already have two close to being confirmed.
Jadon Sancho looks set to sign for five years after a £73m fee was agreed with Borussia Dortmund while Raphael Varane is close to joining from Real Madrid.
And despite the pending exit of their second centre-back with Sergio Ramos already out the door after he left for Paris Saint-Germain, Ancelotti wants to sign a new right-back.
Real have two in their squad at the moment, Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola – but the former has been plagued by injuries while the latter has not impressed when given the chance.
And Ancelotti has his sights set on Dalot – who he was desperate to sign when in charge of Everton – according to AS.
Solskjaer is also a fan of the Portugal international, who spent last season on loan to AC Milan.
However, the Red Devils coach would prefer to have Trippier in his squad – and the feeling is mutual.
The former Tottenham star has already been eyeing properties in the Manchester area while Atletico Madrid insist he is not for sale.
But if Dalot can be sold for a hefty fee, United would be able to fund a move for Trippier.
Whatever happens, Solskjaer will end up with one or the other as he eyes a right-back to add to his squad.
The idea is to put pressure on Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has no competition for his spot in the starting XI.
Solskajer enacted a similar plan last summer when he signed Alex Telles to motivate Luke Shaw, which saw the Englishman put in his best season at left-back.
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