UNITED’S BIG CLEAR-OUT

Six play­ers set to leave club

Daily Mail - - Football - By CHRIS WHEELER

MANCH­esTeR United are ready to off­load up to six play­ers at the end of the sea­son as ole Gun­nar sol­sk­jaer builds a team ca­pa­ble of com­pet­ing for the Premier league ti­tle.

An over­haul of the squad is im­mi­nent even if sol­sk­jaer can claim a Cham­pi­ons league place after Tues­day’s de­feat at Wolves left United adrift of the top four.

It prom­ises to be the big­gest shake- up at old Traf­ford since 2015 when louis van Gaal signed six play­ers and jet­ti­soned eight more.

United usu­ally pre­fer to re­place three play­ers a year, but ac­cept the num­ber may be sig­nif­i­cantly higher this sum­mer be­cause of the state of the squad.

Club cap­tain An­to­nio va­len­cia, 33, looks cer­tain to leave hav­ing not played since early Jan­uary.

Mat­teo Darmian, 29, is ex­pected to fol­low hav­ing failed to se­cure the re­turn to Italy he wanted in the sum­mer. United are also likely to sell one of five cen­tre-backs with Mar­cos Rojo, 29, and eric Bailly, 24, the lead­ing can­di­dates.

Rojo has made four ap­pear­ances since be­ing lined up for a move to ever­ton last sum­mer, while Bailly has had a dif­fi­cult cam­paign. He was sub­sti­tuted in the first half against New­cas­tle and Paris saint-Ger­main.

An­der Her­rera and Juan Mata are both set to leave as free agents if they can­not agree new con­tracts after 18 months of ne­go­ti­a­tions. Her­rera has been in talks with PsG and is at­tract­ing in­ter­est from Arse­nal, with United un­will­ing to more than dou­ble his £80,000-a-week salary.

Mata has also been able to talk to for­eign clubs since the start of the year and is be­ing linked with Barcelona. United ac­cept the wage de­mands are a re­flec­tion of what is hap­pen­ing through­out foot­ball, but in­sist the terms must be fair to both sides.

They re­main hope­ful, how­ever, that David de Gea will sign a new con­tract. The spain goal­keeper has en­tered the fi­nal 15 months of his con­tract and could leave on a free trans­fer after next sea­son.

United are open to let­ting Alexis sanchez leave if that is sol­sk­jaer’s wish, al­though the player’s £500,000-a-week wages would be an ob­sta­cle. Young de­fend­ers Ti­mothy Fosu-Men­sah and Axel Tuanzebe — on loan at Ful­ham and As­ton villa — are likely to go.

Palace full back Aaron WanBis­saka is a prime tar­get and the eng­land Un­der 21 in­ter­na­tional will cost up­wards of £35mil­lion.

The mid­field op­tions in­clude Atletico Madrid’s trio of saul Niguez, Ro­dri and Thomas Partey, plus Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic and West Ham’s De­clan Rice.

United ac­cept it will be dif­fi­cult to prise Jadon san­cho or Cal­lum Hud­son-odoi away from Borus­sia Dort­mund or Chelsea if they de­cide to tar­get a winger.

REUTERS

Talks: Her­rera Exit: Va­len­cia Snubbed: Rojo Flop: Sanchez Off: Darmian Subbed: Bailly Free agent: Barcelona are in the frame for Juan Mata

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