Manchester United are planning to boost their spending power this summer by putting six players on the chopping block as they look to fund a move for Jadon Sancho, according to reports.
The Red Devils endured a frustrating end to the prolonged 2019/20 season as they lost 2-1 against Sevilla in the semi-final of the Europa League in Germany on Sunday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side created a host of chances, particularly in an exhilarating period after the restart, but were profligate in front of goal.
United legend Paul Scholes claimed afterwards that United would not have lost had top target Sancho been in the side, though Borussia Dortmund are still holding out for £108million and a big up-front fee.
With United’s finances affected by the coronavirus crisis, The Evening Standard report they will need to sell some fringe players to bolster their transfer kitty – especially with Solskjaer wanting to bring in other players beyond Sancho.
Although the United boss had intimated that Chris Smalling could come back into the first-team fold next season, he is likely to be the first of six players the Red Devils will try to cash in on.
The 30-year-old enjoyed a fine season on loan at Roma and has a host of suitors from both Serie A and the Premier League, with Newcastle the latest team to register their interest.
United will also look to offload Marcos Rojo, though do not expect to receive any fee for the Argentine and are simply looking to shift his enormous salary off the wage bill.
The other four players who faces uncertain future and could be sold if suitable offers are received are: Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot and Phil Jones.
Benfica have been linked with Pereira in the past, while a number of Premier League sides – including Leicester, Everton and West Ham – would consider making a bid for Lingard, who has barely featured this season.
Speaking about his desire for new signings after the Sevilla defeat, Solskjaer said: ‘I cannot say when or if transfers will be done, but we are looking at it. We have to be 100 percent sure when we make those deals. It’s not about a marquee signing, it’s about quality. The right personality that fits into the group.’