Manchester United are in negotiations with rival clubs in a bid to find solutions for their wantaway stars, Ralf Rangnick has confirmed.
There are a number of high-profile players on the fringes of United’s expensively assembled squad who might be interested in a move before the January transfer window closes.
Reports suggest Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek are among those who might hope to leave before the end of the month.
Lingard is a target for Newcastle United, Rangnick revealed prior to Saturday’s win over West Ham, while Sevilla are said to hold an interest in Martial, and Van de Beek – formerly a top performer at Ajax – would surely have suitors.
It had previously been suggested the Red Devils would be reluctant to reduce the size of their squad due to the risk of being left short in the event of a coronavirus outbreak.
But Rangnick’s latest comments appear to indicate United will work with those players who see their futures elsewhere.
“I don’t know [what’s going to happen],” the interim manager said. “I know which players would want to leave.
“I know that there are some negotiations with clubs but I am not involved in that. I will probably be posted and made aware if something is happening. We will all have to wait and see what happens.”
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Lingard and Martial have found themselves further down the pecking order as the season has worn on.
With teenager Anthony Elanga coming into the side, even Marcus Rashford has had to settle for a role on the bench, scoring as a substitute in United’s past two matches.
“We have a lot of wingers and outstanding players in that position,” Rangnick. “Jadon [Sancho] was not available [against West Ham], but we have a lot of players for those two positions, and Marcus is one of them.
“Right now, yes, he scored twice in two consecutive games when he came from the bench, but of course his ambition is to play regularly from the start.
“And if he continuously plays on a high level and scores goals, of course this is the best way back in the team and to play from the beginning.”