Man Utd may lose seven players to fund Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham double deal
Manchester United are keen on landing both Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham in next summer’s transfer window. The Borussia Dortmund pair are both admired by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And though they’ve previously rejected moves to Old Trafford, interest remains.
Manchester United had a great transfer window this summer.
Tom Heaton, Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo all joined, boosting their chances of winning the Premier League and Champions League titles in the process.
However, while that’s the case, Solskjaer knows more is required.
According to the Independent, United are eyeing both Haaland and Bellingham as they look to dominate for years to come.
So Express Sport now takes a look at seven players who may be offloaded in order to raise funds for the pair.
United have stuck with Anthony Martial, despite his lack of consistency.
But this is a big campaign for the France international and, if he misfires again, the writing could be on the wall.
Martial has undeniable talent but is currently down in Solskjaer’s pecking order, having struck just seven times last term.
And offloading him would definitely be one way to raise funds, especially given their interest in Haaland – who also plays in the No 9 position.
United handed Eric Bailly a new contract earlier this year.
But this could be the Ivory Coast international’s last season at Old Trafford, with the player primed to struggle for action.
Solskjaer appears to rate Varane, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof above the former Villarreal star.
So it’s easy to imagine him leaving if he fails to get the regular action he craves.
United wanted to jettison Andreas Pereira this summer.
However, with suitors lacking, they were forced into loaning him out to Brazilian side Flamengo instead.
Pereira’s time to shine has now passed, with Solskjaer blessed for playmakers at the current moment in time.
And if he shines in Brazil, the Red Devils will be hopeful of securing a permanent exit for the Samba star instead.
Like Bailly, Edinson Cavani also signed a new contract earlier this year.
The Uruguay international had been expected to leave for a return to South America but, after shining at the tail end of last term, opted to stay instead.
However, with Ronaldo now on board, Cavani isn’t expected to start every week.
And that won’t sit well with the 34-year-old, who is still hoping to leave for South America in the future.
United have confirmed they want Jesse Lingard to stay.
But while they’re in talks with the 28-year-old, a permanent exit could potentially suit all parties.
United would be able to get a fee for the England international in January, which could then be used on Bellingham and Haaland in 2022.
After all, he stands very little chance of ousting Bruno Fernandes in the No 10 position given the Portugal international’s importance to the side.
Donny van de Beek
United boss Solskjaer has pledged to use Donny van de Beek more this season.
But the Netherlands international will struggle to get into the team and, therefore, an exit would potentially suit him.
Van de Beek has been unwilling to shirk on the challenge of playing for United but he hasn’t done enough when called upon.
Therefore, cutting him loose may end up being a shrewd move.
United still have Nemanja Matic on their books.
But sacrificing the Serbia international for Bellingham would definitely suit everybody involved.
Matic doesn’t get many matches these days and, at the age of 33, is entering the twilight years of his career.
Earning £120,000-a-week, the club can’t afford any passengers.