Manchester United Looking To Sell Players Before Transfer Window Closes
By News Creatives Authors, in Business , at August 26, 2021
Manchester United are looking to move on several players before the summer transfer window closes on Tuesday next week.
The club have had a successful summer bringing in players, with the arrivals of Jadon Sancho for £73 million and Raphael Varane for £34 million, but so far have not managed to secure a transfer fee for any outgoing players.
With five days of the window remaining there is now a mounting desire from the Old Trafford club to begin recouping some funds and remove players from their wage bill.
The player most likely to leave for a significant fee remains Jesse Lingard, who returned to United in the summer after an impressive loan spell at West Ham.
While in east London for the second half of last season, Lingard scored 9 goals and won a Premier League PINC Player of the Month award.
The West Ham manager David Moyes was keen to sign Lingard on a permanent deal, but the clubs could not agree a deal and the player returned to Manchester.
Throughout the summer Lingard himself has been uncertain about his future; at first wanting to make one last effort to remain at United, but now he is more open to leaving the club he has been at since 8-years-old.
United are believed to want a fee of around £25 million, which they see as a reasonable price for a 28-year-old England player, who on Thursday was recalled to Gareth Southgate’s squad for the forthcoming internationals.
But West Ham are determined to be patient and hope United will take a lower fee the closer they get to Tuesday night’s deadline.
Beyond Lingard it is difficult to see which other players United can sell to raise funds in this window.
United were prepared for Paul Pogba’s possible departure, but have been pleased with how he has returned to training and settled back into the squad.
The club would be open to selling Phil Jones, who with the arrival of Varane is now officially the club’s fifth choice centre-back, but do not expect any offers.
Jones has been hidden from view for the last 18 months, and last appeared for United in January 2020, making it unlikely any club would take a risk with a permanent transfer.
United were prepared to cash in on their Portuguese right-back Diogo Dalot, who was on loan at AC Milan last season, but he looks set to stay to provide competition to Aaron wan-Bissaka.
The future of Donny van de Beek remains shrouded in doubt after he failed to get on the pitch for United’s opening two Premier League games.
However, there are few buyers in this market for the Dutchman whose stature has dramatically shrunk over the last twelve months.
United have so far sent 13 players out on loan this summer, and will have to continue to rely on the loan market to trim their squad.
The United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the club’s 19-year-old Ivorian winger Amad to go to a team where he can develop his game and get more playing time, and so far Sheffield United and Crystal Palace have shown the most interest.
The preference from United would be for Amad to stay in the Premier League, which Palace offers, but for the moment there is nothing firm in place.