Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still hopes to further bolster his Manchester United squad this summer – but the Red Devils are likely to have to sell players first with eight men tipped to depart.
United have already brought in Tom Heaton and Jadon Sancho. Meanwhile, a deal for Raphael Varane is closing in after a bargain fee was agreed for the Real Madrid defender. The arrival of the France defender will take United’s spending through the £115m barrier.
Solskjaer though is not done there. He still hopes to strengthen at right-back and in central midfield as he bids to mount a title challenge.
To that end, the United manager is thought to have his eyes on several targets.
However, signing them will not come cheap. As such, the Daily Express claims United’s owners, the Glazer family, want the club to offload players first.
And they claim there are eight players the club are looking to offload this summer to raise additional funds.
Top of the list is Jesse Lingard, who could generate up to £25m. Having impressed while on loan at West Ham last season, it’s no surprise to see them back in the mix for his signature.
However, they are not the only ones keen with Everton and AC Milan also weighing up approaches.
Milan are also in the mix to sign another United man in the form of Diogo Dalot. The full-back – a Jose Mourinho signing – spent last season on loan at the San Siro. They want to re-sign the Portuguese on loan, though United would prefer a permanent sale.
Another defender tipped to depart is Phil Jones. He could be allowed to depart for free, with several Premier League sides keen. After several injury-plagued seasons, getting the £100,000 a week man off the wage bill will be a major plus.
Andreas Pereira is expected to be cut loose, having spent last season on loan at Lazio. The Brazilian recently stated his wish to make the return to Rome.
Pereira could be joined in the Italian capital by Alex Telles, who remains a target for Mourinho’s new side Roma.
Brandon Williams and Daniel James could also depart this summer, with Southampton and Leeds monitoring developments.
James’ situation is further complicated by a long-standing injury to Marcus Rashford which is likely to require surgery.
And finally, United could look to cash in on Anthony Martial. His sale could generate as much as £50m should United’s valuation be matched.
The likes of Tottenham and Barcelona have been mooted as suitors. He’s also being tipped to be used in a makeweight with Borussia Dortmund for Erling Haaland. That deal, however, does look unlikely at this stage of the window.
Indeed, the Daily Telegraph adds that United’s efforts to land Kieran Trippier depend entirely on them selling one of Lingard, or even Paul Pogba first.
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Meanwhile, former England defender Sol Campbell has applauded the work Solskjaer has done at Old Trafford.
He believes he fully deserves his extended deal and has proven his worth with the progress the club have made.
“He’s come in and steadied the ship and that’s what it’s all about,” Campbell told talkSPORT.
“That’s what United needed at the time. They needed someone who could go back into that club and steady it, bring back the joy and play the football they want to see – the DNA and spirit of the club.
“A lot of people I know at the club are happy with Ole – they’re totally happy with him.”
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