Manchester United can make £112m from an eight player fire-sale without harming Jose Mourinho's Premier League title pushPublished August 10, 2016
Jose Mourinho has been backed to the hilt in the summer transfer window, Manchester United’s board handing out massive sums so as to help the self-styled ‘Special One’ to secure his top targets. Now it’s likely that the Old Trafford fire-sale will begin.
The need to balance the books is perhaps more pronounced given the lack of Champions League money this term and as well as bringing money back into the coffers the departure of some of the more ‘high-end’ performers could helpfully slash Manchester United’s epic wage bill.
The incoming Portuguese boss has a massive squad to select from, so much so that he can easily offload these eight talents without doing much harm to his main contingent.
Memphis Depay – Sale value £25m
Dutch winger arrived with a fanfare last summer but endured a miserable first campaign, ending up consigned to the bench in the final weeks. The emergence of Marcus Rashford and the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan will mean the young set-piece specialist has an even harder time of it,
Marouane Fellaini – Sale value £18m
The big Belgian is a much maligned figure and a player who has rarely delivered since his move to Old Trafford and surely a player Mourinho can live without.
Marcos Rojo – Sale value £12m
The adaptable Argentine suffered with form and fitness last season and was by no means a solid reliable option at the back and the arrival of Eric Bailly all but ends his hopes at centre-back.
Juan Mata – Sale value £24m
Seemingly not a player Jose Mourinho likes, having sold the Spaniard during their shared time at Chelsea, and having now subbed Mata after he had come on as sub during Manchester United’s Community Shield win over Leicester City surely all but ends the 28-year-old’s spell at Old Trafford.
Daley Blind – Sale value £14m
A jack or all trades-master of none type of player and a utility player who Mourinho can cash in on if necessary. There’ll be no shortage of offers for the versatile Dutchman should he be made available.
Bastian Schweinsteiger – Sale value £4m
The German veteran has been left out in the cold by Mourinho, much to many’s disgust, and it would be best for all concerned if the midfielder was offloaded ASAP, no doubt he could pitch up at a side with Champions League to look forward to in 2016/17.
Adnan Januzaj – Sale value £6m
Whilst the young Belgian winger has bags of potential he is still yet to deliver at Manchester United. The 21-year-old arrived with a bang in the opening months of the 2013-14 season but has barely featured in recent seasons.
James Wilson – Sale value £4m
Spent last season out at Brighton and the sharp shooter needs to move on so as to not hamper his career any further. The English striker has a bright future but that future is surely away from Old Trafford.
Tyler Blackett – Sale value £5m
Bright defensive talent is now some way down the pecking order behind Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, another player who needs to leave to keep his career on an upward curve.