Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to offload a number of first-team players at Manchester United this month, according to reports.
With Jadon Sancho signed, and Raphael Varane seemingly close to joining United, the club needs to balance the books slightly by sanctioning some sales.
ESPN reports that up to eight first-team players have been deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, meaning they all could be let go if big enough offers are received.
The report adds that the eight players on the chopping block are Anthony Martial, Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, Brandon Williams, Diogo Dalot, Alex Telles, Phil Jones, and Andreas Pereira.
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While some of the departures wouldn’t come as too much of a shock, others, such as Martial, would raise one or two eyebrows.
With United lacking strength in depth in forward areas last term, ditching talented squad players like James, Lingard and Martial may leave the side short on goals if injuries strike.
By contrast, it’s entirely possible that such sales would help finance replacements, as the Red Devils set out to win their first Premier League title since 2013.
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The report comes in the week that Solskjaer signed a new deal at United, one that will tie him down to the club for an additional three years. A new contract is a clear show of faith in the Norwegian manager, who seemingly has the full support of the board.
With job security assured and transfer funds to spend, Solskjaer’s sanctioning of several player exits could be the first of many big calls that the newly-emboldened manager decides to make.
If Manchester is his destination, Solskjaer suddenly has one of the Premier League’s best defensive partnerships at his disposal – with the Frenchman likely to play alongside club captain Harry Maguire.