Manchester United are ready to sell three senior players and Erik ten Hag has told two they should not return for pre-season training ahead of a potential exit, according to reports.
After landing midfielder Mason Mount from Chelsea in a £60million deal, Ten Hag is operating with a limited budget with which to sign a new goalkeeper and striker. Andre Onana is highly likely to become Man Utd’s new keeper after the Red Devils agreed a €55m (£47.1m) package with Inter for him. And Fabrizio Romano has revealed which striker could follow Onana to Old Trafford.
In order to fund that striker pursuit, Man Utd must get some players who are surplus to requirements off their books.
Two names on that list are defenders Eric Bailly and Alex Telles. Bailly spent last season on loan at Marseille and the French club had the obligation to sign him if he made a certain amount of appearances. However, he did not play enough to make the move permanent and is now back in England.
Telles, meanwhile, spent last term on loan with Sevilla and impressed in Spain. He featured in 38 games, helping Sevilla win the Europa League.
As per the Daily Mirror, neither Bailly or Telles reported back for Man Utd’s pre-season training after a decision from Ten Hag. Club chiefs expect them to be sold in the coming weeks as Ten Hag will not include them on the pre-season tour of the US.
Bailly and Telles are out of contract in June 2024 so Man Utd will be hoping to pick up decent fees for them. Left-back Telles recently ruled out a potential move to Benfica, due to his previous spell at Porto. Although, it is likely he will still end up departing Man Utd before next season.
Given Bailly’s recent struggles both in a Man Utd shirt and that of Marseille, Ten Hag will find it slightly harder to find the centre-back a new club. But this needs to be done to boost his transfer kitty and free up space in the squad.
Scott McTominay to follow Bailly, Telles out of Man Utd
The Manchester Evening News (as cited by Metro) have also provided an update on the situation of midfielder Scott McTominay. They reveal that McTominay is free to leave following Mount’s arrival at the club.
Ten Hag had previously considered keeping McTominay and selling Donny van de Beek and Fred instead. But he has now changed his mind as the Scotland international should bring in the most money.
The report does not reveal how much McTominay will cost other clubs, although previous sources have suggested his price tag to be in the region of £25m.
It will be interesting to see where McTominay ends up, as while he is no longer a guaranteed starter at Man Utd, he still remains a good Premier League midfielder.
The 26-year-old has previously been on Newcastle’s radar, but more recently it has been West Ham and Brighton pushing hardest to capture him.
McTominay has also been linked with a shock move to Roma, which would see him reunite with Jose Mourinho and Chris Smalling.