Man United line up triple departure to fund summer deals

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Manchester United have grand plans for the next few weeks.

With the Premier League season less than a month away, the clock is ticking as clubs look to be ready for the big kick-off.

Several clubs have already made breakthroughs, but things have been quiet at Old Trafford.

But let's not pretend that they haven't tried.

United have been linked with numerous star players this summer as they look to kick on this term.

A third place finish in the top flight was a decent return last term, but with aspirations of a title challenge this time around they need to kick on.

Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Douglas Costa are among the names being linked, but each deal would represent a significant financial outlay - something that could be a problem for Man United.

But according to the latest reports they could have a plan to tackle the issue.

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The Manchester Evening News have claimed that United will look to offload three defenders in order to build funds.

Those players are Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo.

Smalling enjoyed a successful loan spell with AS Roma last season, while Rojo was sent on loan to Estudiantes in January.

As for Jones, it's been a difficult period with injuries stopping him from making his mark.

With United said to be interested in signing a new defender, it seems that all three players' days at Old Trafford could be numbered.

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Gabriel Magalhaes is one player who has been linked, and should he join then Solskjaer will certainly have some big decisions to make.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This will hardly be a surprise to Manchester United fans.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the tough task of building a squad that is capable of pushing for trophies and titles, but in the meantime he has too offload the players that were signed before his arrival.

United's defence is particularly bloated with Jones, Smalling and Rojo all taking up a substantial chunk of the club's wage bill.

The sooner the club moves them on, the better.

By recouping some sort of transfer fee, it could also be a boost for the summer's transfer business.

The likes of Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish won't come cheap, and if they can fund such deals by offloading their fringe men then that's the ideal scenario.

However the task of finding a club who are interested and can afford the trio, could be easier said than done.

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