Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could axe three loan stars to fund Man Utd spending spree
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to ditch three stars in a bid to free up funds for the likes of Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham.
The Red Devils have publicly said they will not spend big when the transfer window rolls around again.
But Sancho and a host of other big names continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford.
The Evening Standard report Solskjaer is trying to secure permanent moves for current on-loan players to bring in some cash ahead of the summer window.
Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Alexis Sanchez are all currently away from United and look to have uncertain futures under Solskjaer’s tenure.
Smalling joined Serie A side Roma in a loan deal last summer.
It comes after falling down the pecking order following the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester.
Solskjaer made improving his defence a top priority and Smalling was not part of his plans
However, the ex-Fulham star has rebuilt his reputation in Italy and become a fan favourite at the Stadio Olimpico.
He has featured 28 times while also scoring twice with Roma sitting fifth in the league.
Meanwhile, Rojo was delighted to be sent to former club Estudiantes for the remainder of the season back in January, but has been struck down with injury and only made a single league appearance.
Rojo publicly announced his desire to stay in South America amid uncertainty over his future, and then angered his parent club by smoking and playing cards with friends during the ongoing lockdown.
That incident led many to believe that he wouldn’t play for United again.
Inter Milan star Alexis Sanchez also looks to have played his final game for the club.
San Siro sporting director Piero Ausilio has opened the door to making a permanent move for Sanchez, if he can impress when Serie A returns on June 20.
“Edinson [Cavani, rumoured transfer target] is not a priority simply because our attack is formed of [Lautaro] Martinez, [Romelu] Lukaku and Sanchez,” Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia.
“The latter, above all, now has the chance to show his worth and we will evaluate the situation.”