Man Utd set to sacrifice two midfield stars to make way for Donny van de Beek

Manchester United are reportedly set to offload Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira to make room for Donny van de Beek in their squad.

The Dutch ace is on the verge of completing a £40million switch from Ajax this week, subject to him passing a medical.

Van de Beek's arrival on a five-year deal adds further to the large pool of midfielders at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's disposal at Old Trafford.

And it seems Solskjaer wants to trim that number down by putting Lingard and Pereira up for sale, according to The Mail.

Both players were on the fringes of Solskjaer's side last season and the signing of van de Beek will do little for their chances of playing regularly.

Lingard enjoyed a brief mini-resurgence at the back end of last season as he scored the final goal of United's domestic campaign before netting again in the next fixture against LASK.

The 27-year-old has slipped down the order at United though with even a role in the front three harder to come by following the emergence of Mason Greenwood.

Pereira meanwhile has been forced increasingly to the sidelines and Solskjaer has several players he considers ahead of the 24-year-old.

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Van de Beek will already be competing with Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay in the centre of the park, while Juan Mata is also ahead of both Lingard and Pereira in the pecking order.

West Ham expressed an interest in signing Lingard previously while the ex-England international will also be likely to attract suitors from abroad.

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Meanwhile Benfica are the leading candidates for Pereira's signature.

Solskjaer is hoping to raise funds from the sale of both players to boost his transfer kitty as he looks to strengthen other areas in his squad.

He is keen on adding a centre-back before the window shuts but face a battle to persuade Red Bull Leipzig to part with prime target Dayot Upamecano.

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