New Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is open to selling as many as 12 players as he begins a summer overhaul at Old Trafford, according to reports in Spain.
Chief executive Ed Woodward reportedly met the new boss on Friday to discuss his plans for the summer transfer window. The Portuguese coach also allegedly produced a list of names that are surplus to requirements.
Believed to be among those on the list are the surprising trio of Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Memphis Depay, while Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young, Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero are also apparently in the same situation.
Of course, Juan Mata was axed by former coach Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, and there is reported to be interest from West Ham and former club Valencia.
The situation surrounding veteran midfielder Michael Carrick is in itself an interesting one, with United legend Paddy Crerand appearing to leak news of his extension on MUTV, while the Perth Glory CEO declared today that negotiations to bring Carrick to Australia were unsuccessful as he had signed a new deal at United.
Herrera was attracting interest from Juventus earlier in the season, and last month there were reports that former club Athletic Bilbao were keen on bringing the young midfielder back to the Basque region.
The story from Spanish outlet El Confidencial states that even Luke Shaw may not stay next season, with Mourinho keen on loaning the ex-Southampton man out for game time. Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian’s are expected to be at risk, and may leave United.
Mourinho is however apparently ‘desperate’ to hang on to star shot-stopper David de Gea, with Real Madrid possibly sniffing around for another go at signing him.