Man Utd must sell stars in order to grant Solskjaer’s public transfer wish

Manchester United are believed to be closing in on a deal for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

The Red Devils spent the entirety of last summer chasing the forward, only to fall short of the Bundesliga side’s £108million valuation.

That left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a mad dash for talent at the end of the window, with Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles both signing on deadline day.

However, United failed to land the right sided attacking player that Solskjaer craves and Sancho has remained on the radar 12 months later.

It is understood that the two clubs are somewhat closer to an agreement this time around and hope to get a deal done before the start of next season.

Jadon Sancho looks set to join Manchester United after Euro 2020

Regardless of when a fee is agreed with Dortmund, it is likely that a medical for Sancho would not take place until England’s Euro 2020 campaign comes to an end.

That could be as soon as Tuesday night, but Sancho will of course be hoping to return to English football on the back of glory for the Three Lions.

When that transfer is completed, it will mark the first part of a three-pronged plan that Solskjaer outlined at the end of last campaign.

Following defeat in the Europa League final, the United boss spoke candidly about the need to be decisive in the window, claiming they needed three players to improve the starting XI.

“We’ve probably done as well as anyone could imagine,” Solskjaer said in the immediate aftermath of their defeat in Gdansk.

“But as I said, two or three players to strengthen the starting XI and the squad all together is important for us to go even further.

“I’m sure our contenders or challengers will also want to improve and we want to improve as much as we can.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explained after the Europa League final defeat what he wanted from the summer window
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explained after the Europa League final defeat what he wanted from the summer window

The Telegraph report that Solskjaer is still keen to bring a central midfielder in, with West Ham ’s Declan Rice at the top of his wishlist.

Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga has also emerged as a potential target, after it was claimed United officials held a meeting with the player’s representative.

Elsewhere, a central defender remains an obvious need. Solskjaer insisted he was happy with the likes of Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly last summer, but the situation has now changed.

Villarreal’s Pau Torres has been extensively linked, while Raphael Varane is always a name associated with an Old Trafford switch.

The report does add however, that in order for United to make any signings after Sancho they will need to raise funds from player sales.

They will also need to reduce the wage bill, with Sancho alone set to earn in the region of £250,000-per-week.

Diogo Dalot and Jesse Lingard both enjoyed positive loan spells last term and AC Milan and West Ham respectively are keen to bring them back on a permanent basis.

Both players could still have a future with Solskjaer, but are arguably the two most saleable assets not in the first-team reckoning and could finance a significant portion of at least one more big transfer.

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