Manchester United have a lot of work to do this summer, with a big reboot needed under new manager Erik ten Hag.
With new signings required in attack, midfield, central defence, and at full-back, there is not enough money available to land players of sufficient quality for all positions – unless the club go down the free agent route.
We have worked out how United could actually double the spending pot to reach a £240 million spending budget, by landing another £120 million in player sales.
How Manchester United could net £120 million in player sales
Dean Henderson: £40 million – The biggest fee United could receive towards the total £120 million in player sales objective, would be for goalkeeper Dean Henderson. The Daily Star report United would demand £40 million to sell, with Newcastle interested, and The MEN reporting a move is advanced. It is possible United could send him out on loan instead, however.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka: £20 million – United would have to take a big loss on the £50 million paid to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka three years ago. BBC Sport report former club Crystal Palace are interested, and United could have to accept as little as £20 million.
Anthony Martial: £15 million – This is a conservative estimate, but really, how much interest is there in an injury-prone striker who has scored only two goals in 2021/22? Martial’s high wages are off-putting to clubs, and in terms of transfer fee, United may have to accept as little as £15 million.
Eric Bailly: £10 million – Eric Bailly has no future at Manchester United despite signing a new contract a year ago. There will be clubs interested in his services, and if United could get £10 million for him, they should take the money and move on.
Axel Tuanzebe: £10 million – Another centre-back who needs to move on, it’s time for Manchester United to give up on Axel Tuanzebe. Loans at Villa or Napoli have not worked out, but United could still get around £10 million for him. If it’s slightly less, the club could get more for Bailly. £20 million for the pair would be good business.
Alex Telles: £10 million – Alex Telles’ spell at Manchester United has been a disappointment, and it is time to look to the future. He is still a Brazil international so there should be a market for him, and £10 million would do the trick.
Andreas Pereira: £5 million – United have been trying to get rid of Andreas Pereira for over a year now. Flamengo are yet to pay up to make the loan permanent. £5 million should be a low enough asking price to get him gone, once and for all.
Tahith Chong: £5 million – United extended Tahith Chong’s contract by a further year, rather than lose him as a free agent. This seems to have been done purely so he can be sold for a small fee.
Dishon Bernard: £5 million – Another young prospect who played well in the Championship, Dishon Bernard isn’t thought to be ready for United’s first team, like Chong. Similarly, a small fee of £5 million would add to United’s transfer funds.
Total: £120 million in player sales
All of these departures make a lot of sense, although it’s quite possible not all of them will go. Dean Henderson is the big question mark, at a third of the potential incoming budget.
We haven’t even mentioned Phil Jones, who we anticipate United will simply release, while also freeing up wages.
It is time for a major clearout at Old Trafford, and with players like Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Lee Grant, and Edinson Cavani all set to leave on a free, it is time for change.
Cashing in on the nine players listed above, too, would free up squad space and boost funds for potential signings to the tune of an extra £120 million, a win-win scenario.