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Manchester United remain desperate to sign Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has placed the England international at the top of his transfer wishlist this summer, after a stunning campaign in the Bundesliga.
With 17 goals – and as many assists – Sancho is one of the most sought after players in world football, with Dortmund ready to fight to keep hold of their biggest asset.
Recent reports have claimed that the German giants have slapped a £108m valuation on the winger, in order to fend off interest from United, and elsewhere.
That is a sum of money that has been ruled outrageous by the United board, who are still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this year, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward warned supporters to expect a different kind of window in the current climate.
He said: "Nobody should be under any illusions about the scale of challenge facing everyone in football and it may not be 'business as usual' for any clubs, including ourselves, in the transfer market this summer."
With that in mind, United could look to raise funds for a potential Sancho raid by clearing some of the more valuable squad members who are surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
Here are some of the players Solskjaer could look to move on, in order to land his number one target before the window closes next month.
(Values via Transfermarkt)
Chris Smalling (£18m)
After falling out of favour at Old Trafford, Smalling enjoyed a mini-renaissance in Italy with a hugely impressive loan spell with Roma.
Roma fans fell in love with the former Fulham man, affectionately nicknaming him 'Smaldini', after the Italian legend Paolo Maldini.
The Italians are desperate to bring Smalling back to Rome in the current window, with Smalling himself keen on making the move.
United have been adamant he would not leave for less than €25m – a fee too far for Roma.
But reports from Italy have suggested that a deal is close after the player agreed personal terms with the Giallorossi.
Jesse Lingard (£15.75m)
Lingard's two decade spell at Old Trafford could come to an end, with opportunities at the club becoming more and more scarce.
A lack of goals and assists has seen the midfielder's stock plummet in recent months, registering only one strike in the league last term.
The United boss handed Lingard a start during their pre-season defeat to Aston Villa as a number of starters were given extra rest ahead of the return of competitive football.
Several Premier League clubs have been linked and United legend Paul Scholes has suggested that for his old club to win silverware, he needs to be moved on.
"I’m not totally sure [on Lingard]. I do think when he’s playing well he has something to offer," Scholes told BT Sport.
"Lately he hasn’t been good enough really. Is he a starting XI player if you’re going to go on to win the league and the big trophies at Man United?"
Diogo Dalot (£10.8m)
With Aaron Wan-Bissaka's arrival last summer, the Portuguese is surplus to requirements under Solskjaer.
United have also been heavily linked with another full-back in this window, with Sergio Reguillon and Alex Telles reportedly on their radar.
Dalot is believed to be keen to secure a United exit in order to play regular, first-team football and he could provide Solskjaer with a timely financial boost, should he secure a permanent exit.
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Marcos Rojo (£7.2m)
For months it has looked inevitable that the Argentina international will leave United, after falling way down the pecking order at United.
Rojo spent the second half of last season on-loan with Estudiantes in order to play some regular football.
Along with Smalling, the 30-year-old was primed for a transfer, but has reportedly impressed in pre-season training.
The central defender has spoke of his close relationship with Solskjaer, suggesting his injury troubles were behind his lack of game time with the 20-time Premier League winners.
”When he got here, he told me I was part of his plans and that he wanted me to get myself fully fit," he said last year.
“He helped me a lot because I was coming off a bad run of injuries and he told me to not worry and just concentrate calmly on making progress in my rehab and recovery.
“That was important to me and then as I've said, he allowed me to go back to Argentina to be with my family a while.”
With Man United's competitive season a week away, it remains to be seen whether his impressive training ground performances have done enough to force a transfer rethink.
Sergio Romero (£2.5m)
Dean Henderson's recall means Romero could be the odd man out ahead of the new season.
Along with David De Gea and Henderson, Romero makes up a very strong trio of keepers at Old Trafford.
Henderson was given the nod vs Villa at the weekend, with the former Sheffield United stopper set to battle De Gea for the starting role.
Romero meanwhile, looks like his chances may be even more limited, despite impressing when called upon in cup competitions.
Villa and Chelsea were linked with a move, but look set to solve their own goalkeeping issues with the signings of Emiliano Martinez and Edouard Mendy respectively.
The Express reported that Woodward was willing to cash in on the 33-year-old, although they would be looking for substantially more than the value attributed to him by Transfermarkt.
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