Ten Hag brutally puts £253m worth of Man Utd stars up for sale with seven exits to free up funds for monster double deal
Erik ten Hag will reportedly tell seven Manchester United players their time at the club will come to an end this summer as the Dutchman looks to generate some additional transfer funds for a significant summer spree.
Ten Hag has impressed everyone since his appointment at Old Trafford last summer. Taking over from interim manager Ralf Rangnick, he has overseen major changes on and off the field not seen since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.
And the Dutchman’s no-nonsense streak has already helped the club collect their first piece of silverware in six years. Indeed, their success in the Carabao Cup will hopefully just be the start for United.
The club also hopes to make inroads in the FA Cup and Europa League, while Premier League title glory is not altogether impossible either.
Truth be told, Ten Hag has massively exceeded expectations since taking the reins at United.
Phase one of his rebuilding programme is only just underway. Six new names were signed last summer in the wave of a series of big-name departures. To that end, the likes of Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard all left as free agents.
And Ten Hag also operated a similar one in, one out policy during January. That saw United sign Jack Butland and Wout Weghorst as replacements for Martin Dubravka and Cristiano Ronaldo, respectively.
Ten Hag, though, did add one more late in the window in Marcel Sabitzer following injury to Christian Eriksen.
However, this summer the United is preparing to take his rebuilding programme on to another level.
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Harry Maguire, Anthony Martial to lead Man Utd clearout
And the Daily Mirror reports that seven players are likely to be chopped as Ten Hag savagely rids United of its deadwood.
The seven names on the chopping block cost United a combined £253m in transfer fees. And while Ten Hag knows the players will only generate a fraction of that, he will reportedly listen to offers for the septet to generate additional transfer funds. This feature here takes a look at how they should sell this summer.
Leading the group of departures will be club captain Harry Maguire, one of the club’s costliest-ever signings at £80m. He has fallen down the pecking order this season thanks to the excellent form of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane.
He will be joined through the exit door by fellow defenders Eric Bailly, who has spent this season on loan with Marseille, Brandon Williams and Alex Telles.
United currently have four left-backs on their books, with Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia the preferred options.
In midfield, Donny van de Beek may also be offloaded, though his situation is complicated by a knee injury. He has failed to impress since a £40m move from Ajax, with United seemingly willing to cut their losses.
Perhaps the two most surprising exits, though, will be Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Martial is a player much admired by Ten Hag, though his injury record has done him no favours. As such, he may well be sacrificed to free up some funds.
Wan-Bissaka’s sale will also come as a surprise given his recent resurgence at Old Trafford. Initially written off by Ten Hag, the player has come good of late with some excellent displays at right-back.
Ben Jacobs touched on several of these potential departures in a recent one-to-one with TEAMtalk.
Ten Hag ready to sign new striker and midfielder
And while Ten Hag will use the funds to further strengthen his squad, it is reported that the United boss will focus on quality over quantity.
To that end, his main focus is likely to be on the addition of a new striker and midfielder.
Indeed, his quest for a new top centre forward is likely to hit United hard in the pocket. Victor Osimhen is United’s top target and the Napoli man is likely to cost in the region of £120m. The Serie A side are not of the mind to sell, though president Aurelio De Laurentiis has suggested a hefty bid could yet twist his arm.
In addition, Ten Hag also wants to add a top-quality midfielder to partner Casemiro.
Declan Rice has been mentioned as a potential target, especially in light of the England man pushing to leave West Ham.
However, the Red Devils could yet make a move for Jude Bellingham. United are not seen as the main contenders to sign the Borussia Dortmund teenager, with that race seemingly led by Liverpool.
However, United’s ability to offer Champions League football, together with the rise Ten Hag’s side seem to be enjoying, could yet convince the player to choose to make Old Trafford his next destination.
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