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Manchester United finished the season in great form and earned a Champions League qualification. They are now set to have a busy summer transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to improve his squad to turn them into title contenders. He wants to sign a winger, playmaker and centre-midfielder this summer. Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish of Aston Villa are priority targets.
But according to M.E.N. Sport, the club could turn to cheaper alternatives. Norwich City, Bournemouth and Watford have all been relegated this season but they have some talented players who could potentially be more cost-effective options.
Nathan Ake of Bournemouth is the first one. Solskjaer laughed of rumours that United were interested in the Dutchman. However, Ake will be leaving the Cherries this summer and could be available in the region of £35million.
Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell is another one. He managed to score six goals and grab two assists in the worst team in the division this season. At 22 he is two years younger than Grealish and would likely be much cheaper.
Ismaila Sarr of Watford is a skilful winger, who has managed to grab six goals and six assists in all competitions, including two strikes and assists as the Hornets, becoming the first team to beat Liverpool this season. He would likely still fetch a pretty penny after signing for £27million in the summer.
Another Norwich player Emi Buendia could be an alternative to Jude Bellingham. United have lacked creative depth in midfield, with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes among few capable of making things. The Argentine is only 23 and it would be a no-brainer for United if they can pick him up on the cheap.
United could also consider David Brooks of Bournemouth. The Welsh playmaker was in fantastic form last season, scoring seven times and assisting on five occasions. Brooks is still only 23 and he would be well worth a punt for United.
And finally, the third player from Norwich City- Jamal Lewis. United could turn to Lewis as a cheap option to provide more depth after the 22-year-old impressed in his first Premier League campaign.