Manchester United want to earn a combined €30million (£27.7million) for the sales of unwanted duo Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo, according to a report.
United have had a quiet transfer window to date, dominated by their prolonged hunt for Jadon Sancho. Indeed, Donny van de Beek is the only confirmed arrival at Old Trafford.
However, the Red Devils do have plans to trim their squad before the October deadline. Several fringe players – including Dalot and Rojo – are on the exit list after failing to make their mark.
According to the Daily Record, United have now set in stone their financial plans for the duo.
United‘s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward reportedly wants to recover the £20.3million fee the club paid Porto for the Portuguese in 2018.
However, that could be a tall ask, given he has barely featured of late. The 21-year-old only made 11 appearances last season and only four in the Premier League.
Although, his young age and potential for development means he remains a valuable player.
Meanwhile, United want £7.4million for his fellow defender Rojo. Like Dalot, the Argentine struggled for game time last term and signed up to a loan with Estudiantes in January.
The latest valuation comes after Rojo reportedly impressed head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in training. The centre-back has reportedly undertaken double training sessions since his arrival from Argentina.
United’s efforts to offload Dalot and Rojo come amid the backdrop of speculation highlighting the club’s struggles to offload such fringe players.
The stars’ wages are allegedly putting off interested clubs, leaving United facing a dilemma. They can either force the players to take pay cuts to earn moves, or agree a pay-off.
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Elsewhere, Ian Wright says United must try to sign Kalidou Koulibaly in a bid to improve their defence.
Solskjaer wants a new long-term centre-back partner to Harry Maguire, with several names previously touted.
Among them is Koulibaly, who is also a strong target for Manchester City. And Wright feels bringing the Senegal international to Old Trafford would solve United’s “real problems”.