Eight players Manchester United could sell to fund dream summer transfer window

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If one thing was abundantly clear following Manchester United’s Europa League final defeat it was that the upcoming summer will be massive for the club.

As the minutes ticked on in Gdansk without any sign of United being able to break down a resolute Villarreal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s refusal to make any changes was telling.

His team were out on their feet and out of ideas, yet the manager didn’t trust anyone on his bench to make a difference. It wasn’t until the 100th minute when a change was finally made, and the remaining four occurred in the dying moments as penalties loomed.

The need for improvement in United’s squad is obvious and the forthcoming transfer window will be crucial in the club’s development and hopes of ending their trophy drought

Several positions are expected to be targeted, with a centre-back, defensive-midfielder and right-winger the top priorities, with a back-up right-back, goalkeeper and striker all also being considered as well.

A dream summer for United would see Jason Sancho, Raphael Varane and Declan Rice all arrive at Old Trafford and perhaps a couple more names, too.

 

Jesse Lingard

There’s no doubt that, with nine goals, five assists and a probable place in England’s Euros squad, that Lingard has thrived during his loan spell at West Ham and proven that he remains a quality player.

Yet that shouldn’t cloud judgement. He did so well for the Hammers because it was a team that suited him perfectly and the pressure was off. There’s no guarantee he could replicate that form back at United and, with a year remaining on his contract, should still be sold this summer.

If he could be used as a makeweight in a deal to sign Rice, even better.

Dean Henderson or David de Gea

United’s goalkeeper situation is untenable, both De Gea and Henderson want to be the undisputed No.1 but, naturally, only one of them can be.

Solskjaer appeared to make his decision by selecting the Spaniard for the Europa League final, but his performance in the penalty shoot-out may well have given him pause for thought.

Whoever the manager finally picks, the club should be able to cash in on the other for a tidy price.

Diogo Dalot

Dalot has had a strange season in Italy. Although he has played 34 games and has done fairly well, most of his appearances have come as a substitute. It appears his year has been steady if unspectacular.

The Portuguese is still only 22 and his versatility could make him a useful option for Solskjaer, yet if AC Milan want to make the move permanent perhaps it will be wise to claw back some of the funds that were spent on him.

Andreas Pereira

Brazilian midfielder Pereira had an even more uneventful season in Italy, completing 90 minutes just once during his time at Lazio.

It’s highly unlikely that the 25-year-old will be forcing his way back into the United team and a sale would be best for all parties. Yet, with two years remaining on his deal, he might be difficult to move on permanently.

Tahith Chong

Hopes were once high for winger Chong but it’s becoming increasingly harder to see him fulfilling his potential, at least at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman has spent the season on loan away from United, first at Werder Bremen and then Club Brugge, and failed to pull up any trees at either club, with two goals and seven assists over 28 games for both clubs.

Chong is now into the final year of his contract and it might now be time to leave the club permanently.

Nemanja Matic

Matic was handed a three-year deal in 2020 which seemed excessive at the time and even more so now after a season in which he has mostly been used in games against lesser opposition or as a late substitute.

Should another midfielder arrive the Serb will fall even further down the pecking order so United may look to recoup some funds by selling him instead. Jose Mourinho’s Roma are reported to be interested, which would be a perfect move for all concerned.

It’s hard to believe that Jones still has two years (including the option for another) to run on his United contract.

The centre-back hasn’t played a game since January 26, 2020, a game in which he scored against Tranmere in the FA Cup, and it’s hard to imagine him ever getting back into the United side on a regular basis again.

Jones is still only 29 so a team somewhere may be willing to take a punt, though it is difficult to see any time soon as he continues to struggle with injury.

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