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Manchester United could sell five players this summer as they attempt a summer rebuild to challenge for the Premier League next season, according to a report in the Mirror.

The newspaper claims that David de Gea is one player under consideration for the exit. The 29-year-old Spanish international has been out of form for much of the season, and was slow to sign a new contract to stay at the club. As a result, he could be interested in a move away this summer, and Real Madrid are apparently ready to offer £70 million in order to bring him to the Bernabeu, with Thibaut Courtois to be sold in turn. United would promote Dean Henderson from Sheffield United as De Gea’s replacement.

Also set for the exit door is Paul Pogba, who is linked to Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, who could all be interested in taking the French World Cup winner away from Old Trafford. However, the 26-year-old midfielder might stay at the club, and could even sign a new contract to take his wages to £400,000 a week.

On-loan duo Alexis Sanchez and Marcos Rojo would also be on the list of exits. Sanchez is at Inter Milan and Rojo plays for Estudiantes, though United still subsidise their wages. The aim is to get the players off their wage bills for next season, though that could require a further payoff to the players.

The last player who could be binned is Jesse Lingard. The 27-year-old forward has been unimpressive for almost all of his career, and reports (by me) suggest that he has lost the faith of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He has fallen behind almost every other first team player available to the manager, and could be further down the pecking order with the possible arrivals of Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish, and James Maddison.