Manchester United’s new permanent manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could face one of the busiest summers in the club’s recent memory, according to Sky Sports, with up to six first team regulars preparing to depart Old Trafford for pastures new. The futures of some other players are also up in the air, while prospective transfer targets look as though they may be difficult – or at the very least highly expensive – to bring in as the club seeks to return towards the top of the Premier League next season.
Ander Herrera is said to be in talks over a move to Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain, while former Chelsea man Juan Mata is talking to Barcelona about relocating to La Liga – the latter of these appears a good opportunity to use a Pinnacle VIP code 2019 on a bet. Alexis Sanchez – who has struggled since his arrival at the club from Arsenal in January 2017 – faces a wait over discovering the fate of his own future as Solskjaer will assess his status at the club over the coming weeks and months, while defenders Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo also look set to depart the former champions. With Rojo having not played for the first team since December he has been allowed to train with Estudiantes back in his native Argentina, and another notable absence from senior action lately – Matteo Darmian – could be set to head back to Serie A. Darmian was the subject of much speculation that he could be heading to Juventus on a loan deal back in January, and while that move did not materialise the Serie A champions-elect could come back in for the ex-Milan and Torino star in the summer.
Federico Pastorello, who represents United’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, has also hinted that the former Everton and Chelsea man could look for a new challenge abroad at some stage. Speaking to Sky Sports News, Pastorello said: “At the moment he is very focused on finishing the season. The competition for third and fourth place in England is very tight so let’s see what will happen in the future at the end the season. It’s his second season here and he will still have three years on his contract until the end. Let’s see. He’s someone who loves to know a different culture, a different football.
“He sees a way to have a career playing in different countries because he would like to win some trophies and prove himself and say to his children ‘I won there and I won there and I won there’ and ‘I was a very good player in all the top championships’ so let’s see, the future is really very open but, at the moment, we don’t discuss about that because really the season is in a big moment.”
That statement seems to imply that Lukaku could seek to move on before the end of his contract, which may prove for the best for United as it would allow them to cash in and bring in a suitable replacement using those funds rather than risk losing Lukaku on a free transfer in three years’ time. Then again, when a club is looking to rebuild their title-contending credentials selling their top scorer would seem counterproductive regardless of the transfer fee, and so Solskjaer will be keen to keep the 25-year-old at the club for the foreseeable future.
The Red Devils have been dealt a blow in their chase for former Man City youngster Jadon Sancho, however. Sancho, now at Borussia Dortmund, is having a wonderful season in the Bundesliga, topping the assists chart in Germany’s top flight with 13 so far, and recently earned himself a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad. With United credited with a serious interest in bringing the 19-year-old back to England, Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke spoke out to ease the minds of the Dortmund fans. He said: “We will not sell him, that is fact. It is clearly discussed with every person who is involved that Jadon plays in the next season for BVB. His progress is brilliant.
For his age he plays extremely remarkable because he does things you cannot plan like this. But we have to be careful that we do not trigger the hype. This boy just turned 19 years old. He is not allowed to lose a millimetre of focus because for the top players every thousandth counts.”
While the atmosphere and optimism at United has certainly improved since Solskjaer’s arrival in December – initially on an interim basis – it does seem the Norwegian has plenty of work ahead of him in the summer if United are to realise their target of once again becoming annual title challengers.