02/09/2021; 1:57 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
The transfer window might be over but there is still a lot that could happen soon enough. In fact, the transfer rumours might never end, given that another transfer window is just around the corner in January.
Manchester United had a great transfer window by any standard. The signing of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho was capped off with a blockbuster return for Cristiano Ronaldo.
On the opposite end of incomings, Manchester United now face the prospect of losing some of their stars for free next summer. The trio of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Edinson Cavani are all in the final year of their contracts, and there is no indication so far about a contract renewal.
A report by The Express details the situation of all three aforementioned players and the likelihood of them leaving the club.
Ever since his big-money move to Manchester United, he has been linked with a return back to Juventus. Over the past two seasons, a move to PSG has been touted instead. In fact, there was a report stating that Manchester United were indeed considering selling the Frenchman to avoid losing him for free next summer.
Pogba has severally denied any links with PSG, claiming that he remains a fully dedicated player. However, the comment of his agent, Mino Raiola, contradicts his statements. The super-agent famously claimed sometime last year that there was no chance of Pogba renewing at Old Trafford. For a player who was once the world-record signing, losing him for free next summer will be bad for Manchester United.
Lingard has struggled for quite some time at Manchester United and it seemed like all was over for him until January 2021. The England international completed a loan move to West Ham and excelled brightly, including once winning the player and goal of the month alongside.
Lingard did want a permanent move to the Hammers but it never happened, despite the Red Devils reducing their asking price for the player.
Asides West Ham, Everton and Atletico Madrid have also shown interest in the 28-year-old. While West Ham also want to sign him permanently, it could be that they will rather wait to get him for free next summer than to pay a fee now.
The Uruguayan had a stellar first season with the Red Devils and looked set to carry on from where he stopped. However, the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo has pushed him down the pecking order and he could now find game time very hard to come by.
Reports on deadline day even claimed he was seeking a move to Barcelona but the player denied such reports. With Cristiano Ronaldo now in the mix and one year left on his contract, it could make sense for Cavani to pursue a move elsewhere rather than look to renew.