Lingard’s time is up at Manchester United

Thursday, July 16th, 2020 00:00 |
Lingard’s time is up at Utd.

Manchester, Wednesday

Manchester United are prepared to cash in on up to six players this summer with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeking funds to sign a top star like Jadon Sancho, reports claim. 

The Red Devils have enjoyed a mini revival in the league this calendar year but a dreadful start to the season has cost them as they battle to win a Champions League spot.

The Norwegian boss will be keen to ensure he keeps the momentum going into next season to challenge for the title but is thought to be plotting an overhaul. 

And the Telegraph report that he is willing to oversee a player exodus to bolster his transfer kitty and strengthen the areas to help the club reach the next level.

Alexis Sanchez, Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot could all leave Old Trafford this summer if United receive a suitable offer, it adds, with Dortmund star Sancho pinpointed as the top target after generating those funds.

But Solskjaer is also keen on recruiting another top centre back, the report claims, with Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly heavily linked with a move to the club in recent weeks - and if possible he would like another centre forward to lift the burden on Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.

The club spent £75million last summer as Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were brought in, but the coronavirus pandemic will make splashing the cash significantly harder this year - so United must offload as much dead wood as possible.

Sancho has been touted for a big-money transfer to the red side of Manchester for some time now and would fill the current void on the right wing - but he will only be allowed to leave the Bundesliga side for a fee of around £100m.

Sanchez is coming back from a loan spell at Inter but could be difficult to shift due to his high salary, whereas Smalling and Rojo should find new clubs after enjoying spells away from United at Roma and Estudiantes respectively.

Phil Jones is currently out of favour and should have a host of suitors, including in Serie A after watching team-mate Smalling enjoy a successful season.

And Portuguese defender Dalot joined from Porto for around £20m in 2018 but has failed to emerge as the club’s first choice right back.

Meanwhile, Lingard has started just nine Premier League games this season and is reportedly interesting West Ham - who are also said to be keeping an eye on Jones.

Lingard’s future at Old Trafford is growing increasingly doubtful with new signing Bruno Fernandes flourishing in midfield since his £68m move from Sporting Lisbon.

He has played just 63 minutes since the restart - and that came in the FA Cup against Norwich.  -Dailymail

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