5 players Man Utd could sign this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plots title bid

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Manchester United are scouring the transfer market this summer as they look to go one better next season and win the Premier League.

Having finished in second place, 12 points behind champions and local rivals Manchester City, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have plenty of ground to make up.

That's without mentioning the fierce competition snapping at their heels, as other top-flight sides also aim to improve on their 2020-21 finishes.

Barring a handful of high-profile investments such as Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes, supporters have been largely underwhelmed by recent recruitment.

Over the coming weeks, however, Old Trafford chiefs are set to be in negotiations for a number of stars as they target a first title since 2013 and the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Here, Mirror Football looks at five players who United could sign this summer as they bid to reclaim the Premier League title.

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Jadon Sancho

Sancho will be hoping to translate his club form to England at the ongoing European Championships
(Image: The FA via Getty Images)

Beginning with the most saga-like switch, the Red Devils have reportedly been locked in talks with Borussia Dortmund for over a year.

Since moving to Germany as a teenager, the 21-year-old English winger has notched up an incredible 114 direct goal contributions in 137 appearances for BVB.

Following the Black and Yellow's refusal to budge on their £109m price tag last summer, it seems like the impact of the global pandemic and one less year remaining on Sancho's contract has weakened Dortmund's resolve and a deal for up to £30m less than the Bundesliga side's original asking price could soon be sealed

Used to operating on the right flank, Sancho would be a welcome addition to United's forward line and offer another attacking dimension for Solskjaer to utilise.

This one would certainly go a long way in improving the mood around Old Trafford.

Kieran Trippier

Trippier helped Atletico Madrid win La Liga last month and was a standout performer throughout the campaign

Another Englishman that the Red Devils may well bring back to home shores is Trippier.

The former Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur full-back played a pivotal part in Atletico's title triumph this term, often operating at right wing-back for Diego Simeone.

Trippier, who was deployed at left-back and helped the Three Lions keep a clean sheet in their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia on Sunday, racked up six assists in 28 La Liga games despite missing 10 weeks of action earlier this calendar year due to a betting ban.

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Solskjaer is said to want a more attack-minded right-back to offer competition to Aaron Wan-Bissaka and last week, United reportedly put in a first bid for the Bury-born defender but Simeone unsurprisingly wants to keep hold of him.

Keep an eye on this story over the summer.

Harry Kane

Kane bagged 23 goals and 14 assists in league play last season but has reportedly told the Spurs hierarchy that he wants to leave the club
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Continuing with England internationals and prior to his muted desire to leave his beloved club this summer, it seemed like a pipe dream for Kane to ply his trade at the Theatre of Dreams.

The 20-21 Premier League top goalscorer and assister-maker had a season for the ages last time out but is now said to want a new challenge and win the first trophy of his careeer.

Although City and Chelsea are also understandably interested, the Red Devils' long-term vacancy up front leaves a potential move to the red side of Manchester viable in footballing terms.

Nevertheless, Daniel Levy is set to drive a hard bargain for his star man, so it could take some serious cash to get him out of Tottenham.

Raphael Varane

Varane is an international teammate of Paul Pogba's and looks set to be on the move this summer
(Image: Shaun Botterill)

After starring for France in their European Championship finals opener against Germany last night, everyone watching saw what Real Madrid centre-back Varane is capable of.

The World Cup and four-time Champions League winner was imperiously assured in Munich but when it comes to his club, is reportedly unwilling to renew his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu ahead of its expiration 12 months' time, putting the continent's elite on red alert.

At 28, Varane will be looking to become a mainstay of his next club but could opt for a return to his homeland over Old Trafford as reported this week.

Still, United are said to be interested and as a modern-day bargain – due to his apparent £51.5m price tag – bringing him in would significantly boost Solskjaer's chances of claiming the club's 21st English top-flight title.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo scored twice for Portugal yesterday to become the all-time Euros top goalscorer
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Finally, the romantic pick.

Having spent three seasons in black and white for Juventus, Ronaldo's contract in Turin is set to expire next summer, and the Bianconeri are said to be considering cashing in on the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

CR7 left Manchester for Real Madrid in 2009 for a then world-record fee and there's since been almost annual speculation surrounding a potential return, but this summer could be the most realistic opportunity.

Should the Red Devils consider a return for Ronaldo? Comment below.

United could do with a serial goalscorer and some experience in the front line to supplement Edinson Cavani in the big games, something the 36-year-old is all about.

Although the wages would no-doubt be eye-watering, the Glazers may well be able to bring Ronaldo 'home' for a less-than-astronomical price.

One thing is for sure, these five won't be the only names linked to the Red Devils this summer.

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