Manchester United will probably have to sell either Paul Pogba or Jesse Lingard if they are to make further signings this summer.
United have already pledged a net spending of over £ 100m in this transfer window, having completed the signing of Jadon Sancho (£ 73m) – a player they have been pursuing since 2019 – as well as the impending arrival of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid (£ 40 million).
United are keen to sign Kieran Trippier / Visionhaus / Getty Images
The club are keen to add further reinforcements to the fullback, with Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier one of their key goals. They can also do with a midfielder due to the shortcomings of Fred and Scott McTominay.
But according to the Telegraph, United will have to sell before taking in more recruits. Due to their recent drop in revenue, the club has earmarked a net spending of between £ 75m and £ 100m this summer.
To balance the books, they have to sell and Pogba and Lingard seem most likely to move on. The latter has been linked with a transfer for several years and with only one year left on his contract, United are wary of losing him on a free transfer next summer.
Paris Saint-Germain are said to be monitoring their situation closely and have been able to collect a fee of around 50 million pounds. A source has told 90 minutes that Pogba is in no hurry to decide his future. United are divided on whether or not to guarantee a big money deal. His new contract would make him the highest paid player in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Lingard is another player whose future may lie outside Old Trafford. He seriously impressed on loan at West Ham last season and is valued at around £ 30 million. However, Hammers is not the only one who is interested. Several other clubs from across the continent would love to write him.
Lingard has played for United in the preseason / Henry Browne / Getty Images
In terms of fringe players, United can move on this summer, Axel Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams, Diogo Dalot, Andreas Pereira and Facundo Pellestri are all candidates. Most would only retire on loans but others could be sold permanently if the right offer came in.