One fans favorite included – Man Utd list out four players to sell to fund ‘massive’ second world best youngest players
Manchester United are preparing a late-summer spending spree to save their season following a disastrous start to the new season. Erik ten Hag, the Red Devils head coach, has already identified numerous targets, including Ajax star Antony, who might boost the roster as the Red Devils face a difficult two-week period to close agreements.
Ten Hag knows he will have to sell some of his squad’s dead wood to make room for new signings, having already spent £70 million this summer on Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez, with Christian Eriksen entering on a free transfer.
The Eredivisie giants value Antony at over £60 million, and convincing the Dutch champions to sell their prized asset will not be easy, but the club is ready to offer a massive bid this week, according to Sky Sports. Along with Antony, Ten Hag is interested in Barcelona full-back Sergio Dest, whom he worked with at Ajax, and a £60 million deal for Casemiro is in the works.
Express Sport investigates which players could be leaving Old Trafford to raise funds for United’s summer window raid.
- £10 million for Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Crystal Palace is said to be getting closer to signing Wan-Bissaka, a former academy graduate who they sold to Manchester United for a club record of £50 million in 2019.
The 25-year-old has battled for form in recent months and has lost his starting spot to Diogo Dalot. He has failed to play for the team this season and now appears to be resuming his career in south London.
It is unknown whether the agreement would be permanent or a loan with a purchase option. However, given that United is apparently seeking only £10 million, it points to the club’s bungled recruitment strategy, which has resulted in a £40 million shortfall.
2. £25 million for Victor Lindelof
Lindelof, arguably United’s fourth choice behind Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, and Lisandro Martinez, may find himself pressing for a move after five years at Old Trafford.
After joining for £38 million from Benfica in 2017, when Jose Mourinho was in charge, the Swede has been a very consistent, if unspectacular, addition. While his performances have often gone unnoticed, Lindelof has made some disastrous mistakes at the back during his stay at the club.
There is no imminent agreement in the works to move him away from United, but the club would undoubtedly consider offers for the 27-year-old, who is said to earn roughly £120,000 per week.
3. James Garner — £15 million
Nottingham Forest has signed almost every player available in the summer window, and Garner has emerged as a target for the Premier League’s newest club.
Garner, 21, had an 18-month loan stay with the club and scored eight goals in 69 appearances. And it appears that Steve Cooper is eager to get the central midfielder back on a permanent basis.
Despite Ten Hag’s problems in the center of the pitch with Fred and Scott McTominay, the central midfielder has not been called upon. United are reported to be willing to sell if their £15 million asking price is fulfilled, bringing Garner’s 13-year connection with the club to an end.
4. Amad Diallo — £18 million
Amad was signed as a virtual unknown from Atalanta in January 2021 for a fee that might increase to £37 million, and there are concerns about his ability to cope with the rigors of top-level football.
Despite an auspicious start, scoring against AC Milan in the Europa League, the youthful Ivorian, 21, has yet to deliver on the promise predicted at the club.
A bad knee injury ended his prospects of a loan stay at Feyenoord, and he instead went to Rangers, where he flattered to deceive in 13 games, netting just three goals. If the appropriate deal comes through, United may take it into consideration if they want to amp up their efforts to land Antony.