October 22, 2021

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Man Utd boss Solskjaer ‘asks squad for advice on new signings’ as Lingard price tag set

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has asked players within the squad for advice on cheap full-back signings, according to reports. Kieran Trippier is admired but, as things stand, remains an Atletico Madrid player.

And Jesse Lingard could be offloaded for £20million this summer, with the England international having just a year left on his current contract.

But with Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane likely to cost a premium, they’re also looking at other ways to raise funds for a spending spree.

Sancho and Varane are the club’s two top transfer targets at the current moment in time. Having sparkled at Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid respectively, Solskjaer is sold.

Yet United are also looking at full-backs, and right-back in particular.

They’ve seen Alex Telles galvanise Luke Shaw on the opposite flank and want to repeat the trick on the opposite side of their defence, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka walking into the side by default.

Solskjaer clearly trusts his players but one star who could be sold is Lingard.The England international, who was snubbed by Gareth Southgate for Euro 2020, was a player down in the dumps come January this year.

And Lingard’s exit could be the trigger for United to finally sign Trippier, who impressed as England beat Croatia 1-0 in their Euro 2020 opener on Sunday.

Speaking last month, the Red Devils star expressed 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 hailed 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 players who could leave United include Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic, Diogo Dalot and Andreas Pereira.