Man Utd put Koulibaly, Alessio Romagnoli and Tyrone Mings on defensive transfer wishlist as Solskjaer plots overhaul

MANCHESTER UNITED are targeting Kalidou Koulibaly, Alessio Romagnoli and Tyrone Mings as they plot a defensive overhaul.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed to lead his side to a top-four spot on the final day of the Premier League season.

But the United chief knows if his team are to take the leap to the next level – and challenge for the title – they will need to toughen up in defence.

Liverpool have shown their fierce rivals that a world-class goalkeeper such as Alisson and elite centre-back like Virgil van Dijk can make a world of difference.

And Man Utd are now desperate to develop a rock-solid back-four next season.

United had been targeting Nathan Ake, but since his £41million move to rivals Manchester City, Solskjaer's centre-back shortlist is down to just three.

The Norwegian is thought to be happy with the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.

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But Solskjaer wants a solid centre-back to go alongside them – as well as Chelesa target Ben Chilwell at left-back.

For now, Koulibaly – who the club have been chasing since the Jose Mourinho days – is the top target.

However, he is also on the radar of Man City and Liverpool – and could cost close to £80million.

Cheaper alternatives would be AC Milan star Romagnoli, 25, and Tyrone Mings, say ESPN.

It will be tougher to land Mings, 27, now after Aston Villa avoided relegation – but a bid of up to £30m should suffice.

Either way, United's plan of attack this summer is clear: to bolster their defensive ranks.

Man Utd have long been linked with attacking midfielders Jack Grealish, James Maddison and Jadon Sancho.

Sancho is set to cost over £100m, while Maddison has only recently signed a new five-year deal at Leicester – and has sparked rumours he will stay after building a rooftop bar at his home.

As well as signing Grealish, Solskjaer could therefore focus all of his energy on signing a new star defender.

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