Man Utd news: Solskjaer preparing brutal summer sale with five stars set to leave | Football | Sport

Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is plotting a ruthless summer sale which could see five players leave Old Trafford to make way for new recruits.

Solskjaer has been heavily backed in the last two transfer windows and he is plotting the final touches of his squad overhaul to take place at the end of the season.

A host of attacking talent has been linked with a summer move to Old Trafford.

It is known United are keen on signing Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish plus a new striker as they failed to replace Romelu Lukaku.

However, Solskjaer will try to offload five of his men to make room for the forward trio.

According to the MEN, centre-back Chris Smalling will be allowed to move on with Roma keen on making his loan deal permanent.

The second player is Alexis Sanchez, who may find it more difficult to find a new home.

The Chilean earns around £500,000-a-week but he has only made two league starts while on loan at Serie A side Inter Milan this season.

Sanchez will return to Carrington this summer but his salary is needed off the wage bill.

Then there are three players who have featured for the Red Devils this campaign but have become surplus to requirements.

Playmaker Jesse Lingard has struggled for form over the last couple of years and Grealish’s arrival would push him further down the pecking order.

Arsenal have been linked with the England international and his future is believed to lie away from Old Trafford.

The fourth player is Andreas Pereira, who fell out of favour when Bruno Fernandes joined from Sporting Lisbon for £46million in January.

Solskjaer is keen to keep hold of Paul Pogba, which would leave Pereira on the periphery of the first team.

Finally, the Norwegian boss wants to offload Phil Jones, according to the MEN. Newcastle and Everton have been tentatively linked with the versatile former Blackburn ace.

The coronavirus pandemic has left the summer transfer window in an air of uncertainty but Solskjaer insists his side will have the funds to spend.

He said: “There might be a situation that we can exploit at Man Utd, we are the biggest [club] and we are well off.

“I am sure we are capable of doing the business that we want too.”

Source link