Erik ten Hag looks to streamline his Manchester United squad ahead of the upcoming season with four names primed for a departure.
The squad Ten Hag inherited was bloated and required trimming, and while he has began to do that there is a long way to go.
According to the Independent however a clear-out could be imminent. The report says that the Dutch boss is ‘intent’ on offloading four players star players in an effort to free up funds and squad space.
The players on that list are; Harry Maguire, Fred, Scott McTominay and Jadon Sancho. This list being shipped out perfectly epitomises the issue United of poor recruitment that United endured under Ed Woodward.
The quartet were signed for a combined total of £197million as per Transfermarkt, which is a massive amount considering McTominay actually cost nothing.
If all four are sold, United would probably be lucky to get anywhere near that fee; with Fred being reported as a £20m target for Fulham, Maguire is a target for West Ham at £35m, Sancho has a market value of £45m and McTominay would likely command a £30m fee.
Ten Hag’s clear out to begin
The United boss is said to have made definitive decisions on who he wants to keep and who he doesn’t. Possibly taking inspiration from Mikel Arteta’s first summer at Arsenal, which saw a clear-out occur with a new breed of players coming through.
Maguire is the most needed sale which has to happen. He will be desperate to secure first-team football in an effort to make the next summer’s Euros, having been fifth choice centre-back last season.
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West Ham are said to be interested and will now have the financial backing to make a move with Declan Rice’s £100m move to Arsenal thought to be imminent.
West Ham are also an option for West Ham who will be keen to fill the gaping hole in their midfield, don’t be surprised if the Hammers make a double move.
Fred to Fulham seems to be obvious after he was seen in deep discussion with Fulham boss Marco Silva at the end of last season.
The Independent have suggested Spurs as a potential option for Sancho and questioned the possibility of his inclusion as a make-weight for any Harry Kane move.