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Manchester United could sell five to afford Jadon Sancho

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Alexis Sanchez and others are for the door.

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Manchester United could sell up to five of their existing players in order to finance a move for Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho, reports the Mirror.

Alexis Sanchez is the first player on the list that United would want to get off their books. the 31-year-old Chilean has endured a mediocre season at Inter Milan that was interrupted by injury and the coronavirus, but the Italian club are still open to keeping him on for another year on loan according to some reports. That would not address all of his £500,000 a week wages but it could cut around half of the obligation.

Chris Smalling, another United player on loan in Italy, this time to Roma, is expected to complete a permanent deal at the end of the season, and that might raise around £15 million as well as deal with any of his wages that the club are still obliged to pay him.

Fellow defender Phil Jones will also be made available for transfer and he could raise around £5 million less. Another United player who could be introduced to the exit is 27-year-old Jesse Lingard, who has rapidly outgrown his superficial potential to offer very little. Lingard would be put up for sale with the hope of raising about £20 million, and he has been linked with a move to Serie A.

Another player who may leave is Andreas Pereira. The Brazilian midfielder has flattered to deceive over the course of his United career though he has looked competent in loan spells at Valencia and Granada so a move to the La Laliga could be on the cards. Since the arrival of Fred and Bruno Fernandes, and the emergence of Scott McTominay, he has found his opportunities limited, and Daniel James is a better option in reserve on the right wing.