Man United and Chelsea are looking to boost their summer budget by offloading a few players

Top Premier League clubs are looking to sell first-team players and grab free transfers due to the on-going financial effects of the pandemic.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly prepared to offload four players this summer as he seeks to boost the budget available at the club for transfers.

The Mirror revealed that the board will set the transfer budget at £80 million, but the club will look to raise an additional £60 million through player sales.

The four players that United are expecting to depart Old Trafford are Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot, Phil Jones and Juan Mata.

The Red Devils expect Lingard and Dalot to fetch around £20 million each after impressing on loan at West Ham United and AC Milan respectively. The club are aiming to raise £10 million each from the sales of Jones and Mata.

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero will also leave on a free transfer when his contract expires.

Chelsea plans to raise £200m from transfers

A report from The Daily Star has indicated that Chelsea want to complete the squad with Gini Donnarumma, Erling Haaland and Kingsley Coman this summer, so the plan is to sell senior players to raise around €200m.

That could be easier said than done in the current market, and you would expect most of the money to be raised by selling Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori.

There’s a lot of things that will need to happen for Chelsea to pull this off in the summer but it all makes sense on paper, so it will be fun to see who they actually manage to sign this summer.

Pulisic must be patient under Tuchel

However, the Blues are not looking to allow Christian Pulisic to leave the club on loan or permanently, despite the American’s current lack of game time.

Chelsea have a plethora of attacking options and Tuchel can’t please every player. Pulisic is battling for a starting spot with Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech.

Chelsea spent a huge fee bringing Pulisic to Stamford Bridge from Borussia Dortmund (£58 million) so it’s unlikely that the club would give up on him so soon.

 

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