Man Utd chief Woodward approves £23m sum after Solskjaer transfer request

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has approved a payment of £23m in the transfer window after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made signing a defender a priority.

The Red Devils have moved relatively slowly in the summer despite several signings touted to move.

Solskjaer has been desperate to land the likes of Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish, David Brooks, Gabriel Magalhaes and Dayot Upamecano.

But as of yet, he has just one done deal over the line in the shape of Donny van de Beek.

And while Sancho remains the top target, acquiring a new defender to partner Harry Maguire remains pivotal.

Several have been linked but United's attention has turned to Monaco star Benoit Badiashile.

The 19-year-old has been touted for a huge future in the game and has been linked with several clubs across Europe.

And according to L'Equipe, Woodward is happy to authorise a payment of £23m for the signing of the teenager.

United are desperately trying to offload defensive trio Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones.

None of them appear to have a future at Old Trafford as Solskjaer looks to become more cutthroat with his players this season.

Badiashile has been chased all summer but to no avail but that now appears to change.

The Red Devils manager has been keen on bringing in the right characters to the club after telling his bosses to act smarter in the transfer window.

“We've come quite the distance since February,” Solskjaer said. “But you saw how tired you were towards the end. We need the break.

“It's going to be a strange summer. The market is open for so long. We've got to be good, smart and clever.

“We're looking at it. I can't say when and if they're going to be done. It's a quick turnaround. We have to be 100 per cent sure when we make those deals.

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“We definitely need to improve if we want to move up the table and on in the cups. We are working to improve what we have. We're always looking to improve the squad.

“It's not about marquee signings, it's about quality. You need the right personality to make us better.

"We might look at it today and see where we need to improve. Maybe today showed that they have to learn and get the consistency.”

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