Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mentioned in his pre-match press conference ahead of the West Ham game that the club had to be ‘ruthless’ in their summer transfer dealings.
A report on ESPN corroborates the Norwegian boss’ statements to the media, claiming that he is prepared to allow up to 7 players leave the club in the summer as he looks to orchestrate a squad overhaul.
Club captain Antonio Valencia will be allowed to leave on a free after the club decided against offering him an extension while Ander Herrera will most probably be signing on with PSG after he has, so far, failed to reach terms with Manchester United for a new contract.
Juan Mata’s contract also runs down in the summer but the diminutive Spaniard is yet to agree to Manchester United’s offer of a 1 year extension.
Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly and the club’s highest earner Alexis Sanchez have all been touted to exit the club as well after failing to establish themselves in the Norwegian’s plans.
The potential exits of all these players would free up a massive chunk of the club’s wage bill and Ed Woodward is also reportedly keen to back Solskjaer with big money in the transfer window, as the club looks to bring in reinforcements in defence, midfield and attack.
FOX Sports Asia probability rating: 4/5; While it is feasible that one or two of the seven names mentioned might stay on, it is quite likely that the bulk of them will be moved on in the summer