Woodward steps up chase for top two Man Utd targets; five for sale

Will Ford

Ed Woodward has stepped up his pursuit of two key signings as Manchester United continue to revamp their squad this summer.

United’s ability to sign their primary targets may depend on whether they secure a top-four finish, with Champions League football a potentially crucial carrot.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified five players that he would like to sell, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Alexis Sanchez will be allowed to leave on a permanent basis, while Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard are also available after falling out of favour.

And the Express claim Woodward will pursue two names United have long been linked with.

Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho is likely to be the most expensive addition after being valued in excess of £100million.

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The England international is thought to be interested in a move to the Premier League, and the offer of the No.7 shirt is also said to be an attractive proposition.

The report claims Woodward will also target Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, despite the team’s wealth of midfield options.

The 24-year-old impressed once again in Villa’s 1-0 win over Arsenal on Tuesday, and the fee could be dependent on whether the Villans avoid the drop.