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Erik ten Hag handed £50million Man Utd transfer injection before window even opens

The Dutchman is planning his summer transfer strategy for Manchester United, but an exodus of players from his first-team squad has left him with plenty of room for new arrivals.

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has been given a £50 million boost ahead of the summer transfer window, which will see players leave the club.


Paul Pogba is looking for a new club after United confirmed his departure at the end of his contract on Wednesday, the same day the club said goodbye to Jesse Lingard. The departure of Spanish playmaker Juan Mata at the end of his contract was then confirmed on Thursday.


That trio joins veteran goalkeeper Lee Grant, who has taken up a coaching role at Ipswich Town and holding midfielder Nemanja Matic, who has already confirmed his departure from Old Trafford. The departures do not stop there, as striker Edinson Cavani’s contract at United expires at the end of the season.


The summer clearout at Manchester United is already well underway, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, and Anthony Martial among those who will listen to offers this summer. While United will not receive any transfer fees for the six players who will be leaving at the end of their contracts, it will free up significant space on the club’s wage bill.


According to Spotrac data, the sextet of players who have left United will save the club £48.44 million in basic wages. This does not include the costs of performance bonuses and other extras. Pogba, unsurprisingly, is the biggest wage saver – the Frenchman was earning £15.08 million per year at United.


The next highest earner among the departing players was Uruguayan striker Cavani, who earned an eye-catching annual salary of £13 million, followed by Mata, who earned £8.3 million. Matic’s annual salary was £6.2 million, Lingard’s was £3.9 million, and backup goalkeeper Grant’s was £1.56 million.


Cristiano Ronaldo earns the most at Manchester United, with an annual salary of £26.5 million, followed by David De Gea (£19.5 million) and Jadon Sancho (£18.2 million). Raphael Varane is reported to earn £17.68 million, followed by Pogba and then Cavani.


Among the other players made available to other teams this summer, Wan-Bissaka makes £4.6 million per year, while Jones gets £3.9 million. However, the £13 million yearly wage of forwarding Martial – who did not score a goal in La Liga during a loan spell with Sevilla – will be the one that the club is most willing to sell.

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