Five Out, One In: How Manchester United can cover £102m Paul Pogba transfer feePublished July 20, 2016
Manchester United continue to chase former midfielder Paul Pogba and speculation is rife that the Old Trafford side are ready to fork out over £100m for the 23-year-old and given the Premier League side has no Champions League this term and as such are missing out on a valuable revenue stream.
Incoming boss Jose Mourinho has already forked out over £60m to bring in Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Villarreal and Borussia Dortmund respectively and may well be advised that further signings need to be offset with player sales, especially given the sheer size of the Man United squad, here are five players he can happily offload to help cover transfer costs.
Memphis Depay £30m
The emergence of Marcus Rashford, the arrival last summer of Anthony Martial, and the recent capture of Henrikh Mkhitaryan will lead to the Dutchman to be squeezed out of first-team action.
The young winger didn’t impress in his debut season and there would be no shortage of offers should Jose Mourinho opt to sell.
Juan Mata £26m
Jose Mourinho sold Juan Mata during their shared time at Chelsea and it’s highly likely that the Spaniard will be on his way out and Everton are believed to have already made an opening offer for the cultured attacking midfielder.
Marouane Fellaini £18m
The burly Belgian has never hit the heights he reached at Everton since leaving Goodison Park for Old Trafford and though Mourinho claims he values the
Ashley Young £12m
Arguably the England winger has only occasionally proven himself as a valuable member of the Manchester United set-up and is sure to be little more than a bit part player in Jose Mourinho’s first team squad and as such now might be the right time to cash-in.
Marcos Rojo £12m
The versatile Argentine, who can play at centre-back or on the flank, may struggle to force his way into Mourinho’s back-line given the arrival of Eric Bailly as a likely central defensive starter. The 26-year-old has good sell-on potential and there are a few sides already sniffing around the former Sporting Lisbon man.