Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to clear the decks at Old Trafford in order to boost his chances of making two signings before the transfer deadline. Manchester United have made just one signing so far this summer and Ed Woodward is set for a busy final few days in the transfer market as he looks to get more deals over the line.
Solskjaer’s squad is already pushed to its limits and he is well aware that he needs to offload a host of fringe players in order to carry out more spending.
United saw an opening offer of £90million rejected yesterday by Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho.
They will have to increase their bid by £18m if they want to have a chance at getting it over the line.
Finding buyers has proved difficult in a market hampered by the financial implications of the coronavirus crisis.
Two players that United want to sell are Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo, who both spent time away from the club last season.
Speaking after the 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Luton, Solskjaer claimed the club were yet to receive a suitable offer from Roma for Smalling.
“At the moment, we’ve not had any bids up to the level that we want,” Solskjaer said. “That’s the situation.
“That [Smalling’s valuation] is not down to me, is it? I’m not the one negotiating between the clubs, but we haven’t had sufficient bids there and that’s it.”
Roma boss Paulo Fonseca recently confirmed he’s been talking to his former player about a permanent move to the Stadio Olimpico.