Manchester United are reportedly plotting a clear-out of seven players in the January transfer window in a bid to boost their transfer budget.
The Red Devils went on a spending spree in the summer, paying £73million for Jadon Sancho, £40m for Raphael Varane and £13m on Cristiano Ronaldo.
But that activity left no room in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s budget for a defensive midfielder, which is widely considered to be the biggest gap in their squad.
Although the United boss will have to manage what he has up until January’s market opens, Solskjaer already plans to raise the money required to purchase a midfielder.
At the heart of those plans looks set to be an attempted clear-out of players who are unlikely to play a large role in his plans.
According to The Sun, as many as seven players are at risk of being moved on when the winter window gets underway.
Donny van der Beek, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are the names Solskjaer would be happy to part ways with.
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Talks are expected to get underway in the coming months ahead of transfer window in an effort to decide on the futures of several players.
Solskjaer seems to think that selling favour stars is the best way to improve his transfer warchest.
Together, the seven players have only played 250 minutes across five United games this season. Martial has played 40 percent of that time.
But the arrival of Ronaldo and Sancho is set to push Martial far down the pecking order, while Lingard and Van De Beek have both failed to break into Solskjaer’s plans.
With Varane signing, Bailly & Jones appear unlikely to play. Telles & Dalot are only available for part-time roles.