EPL 2021, Manchester United transfer news, Donny van de Beek, Yves Bissouma, Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice, seven players for sale
Manchester United are set to sell up to SEVEN stars in a mid-season clearance sale to fund two massive transfers at the end of the current campaign.
United added three superstars ahead of the start of the season, landing legendary striker Cristiano Ronaldo, veteran center-back Raphael Varane and rising England star Jadon Sancho.
Sancho cost â¬ 85m, Varane â¬ 40m and Ronaldo â¬ 15m plus â¬ 8m in potential add-ons – a total of â¬ 140m rising to â¬ 148m or 238m Australian dollars.
Only one major sale has been made – winger Dan James at Leeds for Â£ 30million or AU $ 48million.
Watch PSG superstars Messi, Neymar and MbappÃ© Live & Free every week in September with beIN SPORTS on Kayo Freebies. Join Now and Live Stream Instantly>
United have not suffered as much from the financial suffering of Covid-19 as many rivals across the continent (see details below), most notably Barcelona which are mired in billions of dollars in debt.
But coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now looking to take advantage of a number of fringe players who have been left out of the first team’s regular action.
According to The sun, center-backs Phil Jones and Eric Bailly could be sold, as well as full-backs Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles.
But the biggest potential departures are Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.
Van de Beek was signed in August 2020 for Â£ 35million plus Â£ 5million in supplements, to bolster United’s attacking midfielder and reduce reliance on Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes. It’s safe to say that the 24-year-old product of Ajax’s famous academy has struggled to make his mark. He only made four Premier League starts in his debut season, instead of leaving the bench for nearly all of his 36 appearances in all competitions.
This season, he was unused in United’s first three games, was a late substitute in their win over Newcastle, before finally getting his Champions League chance midweek.
But he was brutally hung up at half-time after United fell to ten men against Young Boys, in what manager Solskjaer argued as a “tactical decision”. United lost 2-1.
NO MORE NEWS
The Reds take the lead as the star’s monster streak continues; City stutters as Arsenal’s $ 57million signing saves the day: PL Wrap
Liverpool’s humiliating $ 75million gun contender ‘misses the season’
Legendary United midfielder Paul Ince has said van de Beek is guaranteed to leave after this game. He told The United Stand that there was “no chance” that van de Beek would become a success at Old Trafford.
âAbsolutely no chance!
“He tried to make the player happy [by playing him]. It’s always difficult when you’re not playing to come and make a good impression from your first start. And replacing him at halftime, what does that tell us, what does it say to the fans, what does it say to Donny? If I can’t get a full game against Young Boys, ten men or not ten men, then it’s time for me to go.
“There is nothing Ole can say that would persuade me that my future is at Manchester United.”
Van de Beek desperately needed to move away from United ahead of this season and had negotiated a loan deal with Everton, but was flatly denied by Solskjaer.
His agent Guido Albers has since blasted the club, telling VL: âToday I tried to find a club for Donny. Everyone knows the situation. We have worked very hard for this, but the club is blocking everything. There was a lot of interest from Italy, Germany and England.
He has missed the selection for the Netherlands squad since the Euro 2020 competition, including the provisional 28-man squad for next month’s international matches against Latvia and Gibraltar.
“I called Donny van de Beek yesterday,” Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal said last month. “I told him he had to start playing.”
Jesse Lingard was another in-demand player during the English summer period, after a scintillating loan to West Ham in the second half of last season saw him total nine goals and five assists in 16 appearances.
West Ham wanted the 28-year-old permanently but he was another player barred from leaving. West Ham boss David Moyes said: “Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] made it clear to me early enough in the transfer window that he wanted to keep it.
“So I knew pretty early in the transfer window that Manchester United was left.”
Lingard’s contract expires at the end of the season, suggesting United will sell him mid-year rather than lose him for free if they can’t extend his contract.
But Solskjaer recently claimed he wanted to keep him at Old Trafford.
âHe has one year of contract left and the club is talking to him and his father. We see him as a Man United player in the future, âSolskjaer said.
“Jesse came home after a good stint at West Ham, he showed his skills and came back to the England team scoring goals.
“We really want to see the best of him this season – we support him and hope to keep him here with us, he’s a Red through and through.”
Leicester are also interested in Lingard if star midfielder and Arsenal long-term target James Maddison forces a move.
UNITED’S TOP TRANSFER TARGET
United’s main target is believed to be England midfielder Declan Rice, according to The independent. The 22-year-old No.6 has built a reputation at West Ham as a superb defensive midfielder, while his soaring runs from the depths would certainly add value to United’s game in transition.
United had been linked with Rice in the last window, but his Â£ 100million prize was out of reach even before Ronaldo signed.
Paul Pogba’s future at the club is still clouded – his contract is due to expire at the end of the season, and Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona are all keen to get him back for free.
Rice is seen as the perfect man to play alongside the French maestro in a midfield duo, offering protection to the defense in what is undoubtedly an offensively stacked team.
And if Pogba were to leave, taking his salary off United’s books would free up a lot of salary space for the gifted youngster.
Another name with a strong United connection – and in demand among most Premier League giants – is Brighton’s Yves Bisouma. He was expected to receive offers ahead of this season, which he started off brilliantly. But by The independent, United see him more as a box-to-box midfielder than a true No.6.
HEY JUDE: UNIE LEAD RACE FOR YOUNG GUN
Another rising talent who has been linked with United for some time is Jude Bellingham, 18.
Bellingham, who has already proven himself internationally with England (eight caps), reportedly turned down an offer from United a year ago to leave Birmingham City for Borussia Dortmund.
The prize was Â£ 25million, making him the most expensive 17-year-old in history.
He had a sensational year in Germany, making 46 appearances, and was instrumental in providing goals for star striker Erling Haaland.
Liverpool are another Premier League heavyweight passionate about the youngster, but with four years left on his contract and no release clauses he won’t be cheap.
Regardless, after visiting United’s facilities last year and meeting legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson and current manager Solskjaer, The sun reports that they are leading the race for his signature.
A source told The Sun: âUnited may have lost last year when they moved to Germany, but the fieldwork they did left a lasting impression on Jude and his family.
âThey were really impressed with the efforts United and the respect everyone has shown them at the club.
âMeeting Sir Alex Ferguson was the icing on the cake.
âIn the end, as Jude has since made clear, he decided to move to the club where he could see he would play games immediately and gain top level experience week after week.
âUnited couldn’t offer that, but his memories of that day and the interactions he had with the club are extremely good. United did everything right, so maybe in the future it will work in their favor.
UNITED’S FINANCIAL SITUATION
Annual financial figures showed total revenue for the year as of June 30 – linked to a full season played during the global health crisis – was down 2.9% to Â£ 494.1million (Â£ 680million). dollars), with match revenues plummeting over 90%.
In their previous annual results, United’s revenue fell sharply from Â£ 627.1million to Â£ 509million – figures which took into account the first months of the pandemic.
The club reported a net loss of Â£ 92.2million for the period, up from Â£ 23.2million in 2020, significantly inflated by a tax burden of Â£ 66.6million.