It is set to be a very busy day at Manchester United as we approach the deadline for the summer transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are hoping to welcome a number of new arrivals at Old Trafford with Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles set to join Donny van de Beek at the club.
United are still also in the market for a new right winger but will have to consider alternatives with Borussia Dortmund in no hurry to sell priority target Jadon Sancho.
There is a clear need for fresh faces following United’s humiliating 6-1 loss to Tottenham on Sunday afternoon but the club are well aware a number of players need to make way in a squad which is already bloated.
Chris Smalling remains the most likely to leave United on deadline day with Roma still pursuing a move to sign the English centre-back on a permanent deal.
Roma reached a breakthrough in negotiations for Smalling last week after United rejected their initial bid for the centre-back. United are holding out for between £15million and £20m for the 30-year-old, who has entered the last two years of his contract and spent last season on loan with Roma.
Elsewhere there is still the possibility of third-choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero leaving the club with the Argentine surplus to requirements following Dean Henderson’s return to the club.
Romero will be allowed to leave if United receive an agreeable offer for him with the 33-year-old out of contract at the end of the season, although the club do have the option of an additional year. Possible moves to Aston Villa and Chelsea never materialised after they both signed new goalkeepers this summer, but Jordan Pickford’s latest horror show for Everton might well tempt them into a late move.
Marcos Rojo is another player who is free to leave United on deadline day but the club are yet to have any takers following his disastrous loan spell with Estudiantes.
Smalling and Marcos Rojo have both been training in a bubble separate from the rest of the United squad at Carrington and Solskjaer all but confirmed both have asked to leave.
United are also open to some movement at full-back as they prepare to unveil left-back Telles. United have received loan enquiries for youngster Brandown Williams while there is interest in Timothy Fosu-Mensah. The Dutch utility man is out of contract at the end of the season but a loan until the end of May is not in United’s interests unless they receive a significant loan fee.
Wales international Daniel James remains a top target for Leeds United although their owner Andrea Radrizzani ruled out a deadline day move when he spoke over the weekend. The 22-year-old is also expected to resist any approach with James keen to prove himself at Old Trafford only a year after joining.
Jesse Lingard looks set to stay at United with the club having already loaned out Andreas Pereira to Lazio. Lingard’s camp welcomed speculation linking the United forward with Tottenham but Jose Mourinho had no interest in signing him. The 27-year-old has looked rejuvenated of late and still appears to have a role to play in the first-team squad.
United want to offload Phil Jones but have accepted that won’t be possible in this window as the defender is currently injured.
Possible exits: Smalling, Romero, Rojo, Williams, Fosu-Mensah
Source: Manchester United Evening News