Man Utd demanding £20m to sanction January exit for exiled star

Date published: Tuesday 20th October 2020 11:29 - Robert McCarthy

Phil Jones; Diogo Dalot TEAMtalk

Manchester United will reportedly demand £20million to sanction an exit for unwanted defender Phil Jones.

The former Blackburn centre-back was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011. But he has seen his career stall and is now on the fringes of the first-team squad.

Jones actually signed a contract extension until 2023 last summer, but will be on his way in January if United can pocket £20m, according to The Sun.

The former England international has struggled with his fitness in recent seasons. Indeed, he has managed to feature in only eight games in the last 12 months.

 


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His last actual appearance for United was in a 6-1 victory over Tranmere in the FA Cup in January.

The 28-year-old may have to take a pay cut to move elsewhere though. His current salary is just shy of £100,000 a week, before any bonuses.

United played hardball with Roma over former defensive partner Chris Smalling, despite deeming the 30-year-old surplus to requirements.

And it looks like they’re ready to go the same way with Jones, by demanding that their valuation be met.

 

Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly are the three first-choice centre-back options for Solskjaer. That leaves Jones knowing that his path back into the side is a long one.

The defender has also been left out of United’s Champions League squad, to add insult to injury.

Fulham were linked with a move for the player over the summer, after sealing their Premier League return. However, they signed Joachim Andersen on loan for the season and are unlikely to be back in for Jones.

 

 

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Edinson Cavani remains one of the best strikers in the world, according to PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel.

Two months on from losing the Champions League final to Bayern Munich, the perennial Ligue 1 champions kick off their continental tilt with a home clash against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Edinson Cavani; Paul Pogba TEAMtalk

PSG boast former United players Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria among their ranks for Tuesday’s match, while the visitors can now call upon the Parisians’ record goalscorer.

Cavani scored 200 goals in 301 matches for PSG before leaving over the summer and joining United, whom Tuchel believes have a gem on their hands.

“They’ve got a great personality, like with many of the biggest players of the game – it’s the same with Edi,” the PSG head coach said of the 33-year-old Uruguayan. Read more…

 

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