Manchester United are ready to sell Jesse Lingard as they attempt to raise funds for further transfers this summer.
United are still in the running for Borussia Dortmund for the 20-year-old winger but there has been little progress so far, with some reports that the talks have stalled over the asking price, and with some saying that the talks are off.
The club have been linked with other players such as Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, who would likely cost substantially less than Sancho’s £100 million, though the biggest sticking point may be that the German side want the full transfer fee to be paid upfront.
However, United need more than Sancho this summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is known to want a central defender and another central midfielder. Victor Lindelof has failed to impress this season despite a significant improvement upon previous performances. A midfielder is also required to give support to Nemanja Matic, who though he came back into form after initially being left out of Solskjaer’s teams earlier in the season. He has since signed a new deal but at 31 can no longer be relied upon to play two games a week.
Selling Lingard would be a way to raise funds for additional purchases. The 27-year-old has been out of form for seven years and his performances have suffered over the last whole of his professional career. Nevertheless, he does appear to care about playing for United, but has been unable to turn that into a meaningful contribution when it is most often needed.
Getting Lingard off the books would be just part of a necessary clearout. United have paid around £9 million to get Alexis Sanchez to shove off to Inter Milan, and Phil Jones could also be sold, along with Marcos Rojo, neither of whom were good enough at football.