Manchester United plans for transfer deadline day and stance on midfield situation

Up to four Manchester United players could leave the club on loan on deadline day.

Donny van de Beek is on the verge of joining Everton, having come close to joining the Merseysiders on deadline day in August, and Bordeaux have inquired about Phil Jones.

Newcastle have shorlisted Dean Henderson and Jesse Lingard as possible loan options but can only loan one player from another Premier League club. Newcastle are working on a move for Henderson.

Van de Beek, 24, expressed his wish to leave United this month in a conversation with interim manager Ralf Rangnick and three clubs agreed terms on Friday. The Dutchman has received permission to join Everton, soon to be managed by Frank Lampard.

The expected return of Paul Pogba this week leaves Rangnick with five midfielders to choose from in the 4-3-3 formation United have recently adopted and Van de Beek is the sixth-choice.

United are prepared to let Jones, who turns 30 next month, leave to get regular football after playing just once in the last two years. The return of Eric Bailly from Africa Nations Cup duty with the Ivory Coast means United have four recognized center-backs to select from ahead of Jones.

Henderson, 24, is still pushing for a loan move after starting twice this season and losing his place in the England squad. Newcastle are considering a late move for Henderson as manager Eddie Howe is dissatisfied with the quality in the goalkeeping department.

Newcastle have not completely ended their interest in Lingard after walking away from discussions last week when United insisted on a survival bonus. Lingard, 29, is certain to leave United when his contract expires in June and is prepared to drop down to the 18th-placed Premier League side to get regular playing time.

United would want any club to cover a loanee’s wages in full and could demand a loan fee in most cases. They are not seeking a loan fee for Jones, though.

Anthony Martial and Amad have already been loaned out to Sevilla and Rangers this month and the likelihood of more temporary departures is unlikely to lead to any incomings. United have trimmed their squad to 27 senior players but that could increase if Hannibal Mejbri and Shola Shoretire are permanently promoted to first-team training. Mejbri’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign with Tunisia has ended after they lost to Burkina Faso in the quarter-finals.

Mejbri and Shoretire could pe permanently promoted to the first-team
Mejbri and Shoretire could pe permanently promoted to the first-team

Pogba’s potential availability for the FA Cup fourth round tie against Middlesbrough on Friday somewhat offsets the need for a midfielder even though the Frenchman seems destined to leave when his deal also expires in June.

Sources say United accept the midfield if the ‘biggest problem’ and at least one significant addition to the area is inevitable in the summer. United’s ideal targets are not attainable this month.

United have not signed an out-and-out central midfielder since Fred in 2018 as Van de Beek excelled as a playmaker at Ajax prior to his £ 40million transfer in 2020.

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