Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘asks squad for advice on cheap new signings’ as Lingard price tag set.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has invited players within the squad for advice on cheap full-back signings, according to reports.
Kieran Trippier is valued but, as things are, he remains an Atletico Madrid player. But Manchester United are keen to add to their squad this summer.
But with Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane expected to cost a premium, they’re also studying at other ways to boost funds for a spending spree.
Sancho and Varane are the club’s two top transfer targets at the current moment in time. Having glittered at Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid respectively.
Yet United are also looking at full-backs and right-back in particular.
They’ve seen Alex Telles cover Luke Shaw on the opposite flank and want to duplicate the trick on the opposite side of their defense, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka walking into the side by default.
And the Manchester Evening News states that, with the Trippier deal complicated to complete, Solskjaer has asked players within the squad for their advice on cheaper full-backs the club could hunt.
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No other alternatives are mentioned.
But with United saving their funds for Sancho and Varane – as well as having Declan Rice in their spectacles – they’re being choosey.
Solskjaer clearly trusts his players but one player who could be sold is Lingard.
The England international, who was shunned by Gareth Southgate for Euro 2020, was a player down in the dumps come January this year.
He’d struggled under Solskjaer, falling behind the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek in the pecking order.
But Lingard glistened on loan at West Ham, backing the Hammers qualify for the Europa League with some scintillating displays under former Red Devils manager David Moyes.
The 28-year-old featured 16 times for the London outfit last term, scoring nine goals and recording four assists.
And it’s alleged United are looking for a fee in the region of £20m to let the playmaker go, which can then be spent on new faces.
United have run with a one-in one-out policy in recent years to ensure they comply with financial fair play regulations and spend within their averages.
And Lingard’s departure could be the trigger for United to finally sign Trippier, who dazzled as England beat Croatia 1-0 in their Euro 2020 opener on Sunday.
Speaking last month, the Red Devils starlet stated a belief that playing regularly had helped him rediscover his mojo over in the capital.
“I think just obviously playing week-in week-out,” said Lingard.
“The lads have been brilliant, the staff have been brilliant and they’ve put confidence in me to play and do well. I was already ready to play from many months ago so to play the first game at Villa seems a lifetime ago now that we’re near the end of the season, but it’s been a brilliant experience and I’ll take away so many memories.
“It’s just about consistency and performing at a high level week-in, week-out, which I’ve been trying to do and which I’ve been doing over these past few months and hopefully now it’s a big push towards the end of the season.”
Lingard also praised Moyes for the way he was managed in the capital.
“Yes, once you have that connection it’s always useful and it’s always helpful,” he said.
“I’ve said in previous interviews that he obviously let me go on loan to Birmingham [from United] and that was a decision for me and my family and the manager understood I needed to get games and go out and play.
“It’s kind of the same this time because he wanted me here and he wanted to put me out there and showcase what I can do.”
Other members who could leave United include Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic, Diogo Dalot, and Andreas Pereira.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘asks squad for advice on cheap new signings’ as Lingard price tag set