Manchester United are said to be ready to spend big in the January transfer window with the club reportedly eyeing a £120m double deal for Argentina internationals Lautaro Martinez and Leandro Paredes.
The club’s hierarchy are ready to back manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer market as they look to aid their bid to return to the Champions League next season, with Martinez and Paredes believed to be amongst the club’s chief targets to bolster their options ahead of the winter window.
There has been a growing acceptance that the Manchester United boss was left with an unbalanced squad following their summer activity, the failure to replace Romelu Lukaku or Alexis Sanchez leaving the club short of attacking depth.
According to the Mirror, Inter Milan’s Martinez has now emerged as a priority signing to give the side additional firepower, following the forward’s impressive start to the season with the Italian giants.
Martinez has starred for Antonio Conte’s side who are level with Juventus in the race for Serie A, scoring 13 times in all competitions including five goals in six games during this season’s Champions League group stages.
The 22-year-old fits the profile of player that the club are looking to attract under Solskjaer’s regime, though they will face serious competition for the Argentine who is also being closely monitored by Barcelona, who are seeking a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.
Barcelona’s interest will make a deal difficult, though the Red Devils will believe they have the financial clout to put them in a strong position to bring Martinez to the Premier League.
Also amongst the club’s targets is Martinez’s international teammate Paredes, who has struggled to establish himself as an automatic first-choice since moving to Paris Saint-Germain from Zenit St Petersburg last January.
The 25-year-old would add to Solskjaer’s midfield options which have been depleted over the past year by the departures of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera, though Juventus are also keen on a player who previously spent time in Italian football with Chievo and Roma.