Manchester United ‘turn sights on to Harvey Barnes’ as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes transfer alternative to Jadon Sancho… and Leicester winger would be nearly £50m cheaper than Borussia Dortmund starlet!
But according to The Sun, United have started looking at other options and have been paying close attention to Barnes, who has had an impressive start to the season with the Foxes.
Manchester United are reportedly tracking the progress of Leicester winger Harvey Barnes
The club are said to be look at alternative options to Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be a fan of the 22-year-old and is keeping tabs on his progress.
United revealed they will back Solskjaer in the transfer market with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward insisting the club have improved under the Norwegian.
‘I said in April we remained committed to strengthening the squad, while being disciplined in our spending during the pandemic,’ Woodward told a fans’ forum last month.
United have said that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given backing in the transfer market
‘I believe we’ve delivered on that, with the additions we made during the summer taking our total net spending to over €200m (£180m) since summer 2019 – more than any other major European club over that period.
‘We will continue to support Ole with a planned, long-term approach to recruitment, focused on the summer windows.’
Barnes has five goals in all competitions this season and one assist. In the 2019-2020 campaign he managed seven goals and nine assists.
The report claims the Foxes value the winger at £60m but would not accept any bids put forward in the January transfer window.
Barnes has become a key player for Leicester since he was recalled from a loan spell with West Brom in January 2019.
The winger has had an impressive start to the season with five goals in all competitions
He now has 65 league appearances for the club under his belt and also made his England debut in a friendly against Wales in October.
In September, Brendan Rodgers backed the youngster to stake a claim for Gareth Southgate’s Euros squad next summer.
‘For him it’s about increasing his numbers, if he can get into double figures this year and makes a number of assists then he can be knocking on the door,’ Rodgers said.
‘He is a really gifted player.
‘Now it’s the case of improving and my job to challenge him even more. He is a great boy.