Man Utd use Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard to help suss out three transfers

Manchester United have reportedly used their own players to try and convince transfer targets to move to Old Trafford. England internationals Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were tasked with attempting to lure Leicester defender Harry Maguire last year.

United broke the world record fee for a defender when they splashed out £80million on the centre-back.

Rashford and Lingard played alongside the Foxes star for England and put in a word to push the transfer along.

The MEN claim the Red Devils also used the duo during their chase for other targets.

Leicester ace James Maddison earned his first call-up to the international stage last year so United encouraged Rashford and Lingard to do the business once again.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was considering a summer raid for the 23-year-old but has since switched his focus to Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish.

The MEN add that a third player was also spoken to by Rashford and Lingard while away with Gareth Southgate’s squad.

And that is Solskjaer’s priority signing Jadon Sancho – who is expected to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer.

The 20-year-old is keen to return to the Premier League, three years after he left Manchester City.

Ed Woodward is negotiating a fee with Dortmund but the Bundesliga side are refusing to budge from their £100m valuation.

United are reluctant to put more than £60m on the table and are hoping the transfer can be funded by a series of instalments and add-ons.

Earlier this week Solskjaer admitted he used his players to help scout potential targets.

“You’ve got the chief scouts and the analysis that breaks it down to the minute detail,” the Norwegian boss said.

 “But you speak to team-mates that maybe played with him for the international team. So obviously Cristiano [Ronaldo] was an easy goal for me that I managed to get through Patrice [Evra], I managed to get hold of Cristiano and his recommendation obviously stands him in good stead.

“I think for English internationals, for example, you speak to Marcus [Rashford].

“What do you think of such and such team-mate of yours? Do you think he’ll fit? Harry Maguire, for example, you follow his Instagram account, Twitter, you see what kind of personalities they are. Mick Phelan had him at Hull. And we know more or less everything we need to know about a personality.

“You can’t do that every time, sometimes you have to take a hunch. You look at the human qualities as well.”

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