Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira are reportedly set to leave Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to free up space in the squad for Donny van de Beek plus three further additions at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are yet to bring in any reinforcements with the new Premier League campaign just weeks away but appear to be closing in on a move to land Ajax and Netherlands star Van de Beek.
United have reached a £40.3million agreement with Ajax over the last few days and the 23-year-old Dutchman looks destined to become the club’s first signing of the transfer window.
It’s understood the midfielder has agreed personal terms over a five-year deal at United.
According to The Times, Solskjaer also hopes to strengthen at centre-half, on the right wing and at centre-forward after wrapping up a deal for Van de Beek.
The report suggests the Premier League giants are open to offers for Lingard and Pereira and that the duo are ‘likely’ to make way.
United are now well stocked in the middle of the park, with Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Juan Mata and, potentially, Van de Beek competing for places.
Solskjaer has told Van de Beek he wants him on board to help close the gap on rivals Liverpool and Manchester City and return the club to its former glory.
Former Netherlands international Rafael van der Vaart has congratulated his compatriot on his impending switch to Old Trafford and insists the playmaker ‘deserves’ the move.
‘Donny deserves this transfer so much. He has played excellently for Ajax,’ he told Dutch outlet NOS.
‘And Manchester United really need this kind of player in their team.
‘This move is so deserved.’