Manchester United plan to eliminate up to seven players in January as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks to downsize his squad, according to reports.
Figures like Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek are said to be on the chopping block as the manager seeks to raise funds for a new midfielder.
Solskjaer has been heavily supported in the summer transfer market, bringing in Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane for big bucks alongside Cristiano Ronaldo’s spectacular comeback.
The £ 73million deal for Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and the £ 43million paid to Real Madrid for Varane came out of the club’s transfer budget but they then coughed up more money.
Ronaldo’s availability at Juventus put Solskjaer on red alert, losing an additional £ 12.8million to bring the Portuguese superstar back to Old Trafford.
The club only recovered £ 25million in sales this summer when Daniel James left for Leeds, but now reports claim many more marginal United players could be on the verge of exiting.
Donny van de Beek was brought in from Ajax for £ 35million last summer but has seen his playing time continuously dwindle to the point where the club appear poised to suffer a massive loss to the Netherlands international in January .
People like Martial, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Alex Telles and Diogo Dalot could also all say goodbye to Old Trafford, claim The sun.
It has been claimed that Jesse Lingard is also among the number of players who could be flogged by United when the transfer window reopens.
However, after scoring the game-winning goal against the former club on loan from West Ham on Sunday, Fabrice Romano Lingard claims are in talks about a new contract at the club.
According to transfer guru, Lingard is on a list of players United are pushing to secure new contracts, along with Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw.
It is claimed that United are in “direct contact” with Lingard and his father and still hope the midfielder engages his future with the Red Devils and puts pen to paper in new terms.
However, if new terms cannot be agreed, chances are United will look to cash when the January window opens, rather than losing him for nothing next summer.
Other reports claim United are preparing talks with the squad’s unwanted players in the coming months ahead of the winter window opening on January 1.
Solskjaer is believed to be considering raising funds for the purchase of a midfielder, the only area of the pitch where his team continue to struggle.
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