He will battle it out with Victor Lindelof for the role of Harry Maguire’s sidekick in front of David De Gea.
United have a host of defenders on their books that are likely to be offloaded. Chris Smalling is set to be sold on a permanent basis after impressing on loan at Roma while Phil Jones is also set to be dumped. Marcos Rojo is another likely departure having joined Estudiantes LP in January.
Solskjaer previously expressed his belief that the club were in a financial position to exploit the transfer market, which is likely to be greatly changed by the coronavirus crisis.
The Red Devils have been linked with a number of mega-money transfers this summer but supremo Woodward has warned clubs may not be able to spend big because of the financial ramifications of COVID-19.
“Nobody should be under any illusions about the scale of challenge facing everyone in football,” said Woodward.
“It may not be ‘business as usual’ for any clubs, including ourselves, in the transfer market this summer.