Manchester United are reported to be considering the sales of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Marcos Rojo this summer, as they look to raise funds for a minor squad overhaul.
It's been an indifferent season for United so far, but not one short on promise. All of their summer arrivals - Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James - have delivered on their substantial transfer fees, while the return to form of Marcus Rashford and the emergence of Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams as first-team stars have given fans plenty to be optimistic about.
The January arrival of Bruno Fernandes has helped to galvanise their charge towards a top four spot, and they will be hopeful of overturning the three-point gap between themselves and fourth-placed Chelsea if and when the season resumes.
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Regardless of how the remainder of the season plays out, however, there will be work to do in the transfer department this summer. The likes of Jadon Sancho and James Maddison have been among those among those invariably linked with big-money transfers to Old Trafford, but the exorbitant fees involved mean they will likely have to raise some funds through the mode of player sales - and free up some space on the wage bill - before moving in on their targets.
None of that is necessarily groundbreaking news, but it's at the base of what the Sun are reporting, as they claim that Pogba - who has been linked with Juventus and Real Madrid so often it's almost parodical - along with out of favour trio Lingard, Pereira and Rojo, could be shifted to raise some money.
In a report which doesn't really tell us anything we didn't really know already, they claim that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'may' be forced into selling all four of those players to fund a move for the likes of Sancho.
They go on to claim that any of the players in question should 'command interest' but that's unlikely to be the case universally - certainly where Lingard is concerned. Especially if, as has been reported, he really thinks he's one of the best attacking midfielders on the planet.
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Source : 90min