Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly at odds with some of the Red Devils board due to the pursuit of Dayot Upamecano.

Solskjaer is eager to strengthen his defence at Old Trafford and is considering a move for the RB Leipzig star.

Upamecano shone in Leipzig’s run to the Champions League semi-finals and recently signed a three-year extension at the Bundesliga outfit.

But that hasn’t stopped the Red Devils boss targeting the French star as he looks for his first signing of the transfer window.

Upamecano is just 21 and has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave for just over £40m at the end of the coming season.

Dayot Upamecano could be set for a move to the Premier League
Dayot Upamecano could be set for a move to the Premier League

It would likely take considerably more than that for Leipzig to sell this summer and that’s where the issues reportedly lie.

The Telegraph claim that some within the club are wary of spending so much on a player of Upamecanos age despite Solskjaer being keen to pair him with Harry Maguire.

The boss is keen to improve his defence with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo all expected to leave the club this summer.

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to strengthen his defence
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to strengthen his defence

Former Liverpool star Steve Nicol has urged United to push on with their hunt for Upamecano, comparing the star to Virgil van Dijk.

“Why are Manchester United waiting?” he asked. “I mean, seriously?

“If they’re talking about going after Jadon Sancho for £100m, why aren’t they saying ‘okay, we’re not sure about this, let’s go and buy a centre-back who absolutely 100 per-cent is going to be your leader at the back’?

“He’s going to be probably one of your better players, he’s going to be your captain eventually, and he’s going to be Mr Man United. This guy is absolutely the next greatest thing.

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“He’s 21 years of age and has already shown that as far as playing centre-back he’s as good as anyone else out there.

“Maybe only Van Dijk is better, because this kid can play, he loves a challenge, he makes big decisions.

“He’s not the type to go around bullying people, he actually uses his physicality when he needs to, but he out-thinks them. I really don’t have an awful lot of bad things to say about this guy – if any.

“He showed us in the [Champions League] quarter-final against Atletico Madrid... He was the driving force behind Leipzig not losing that game. I wish Liverpool would go and get him! I don’t know why Man United are hanging about. Just get it done."