Fabrizio Romano: Manchester United decide to part ways with Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe
According to the transfer guru, Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, Manchester United have decided to part ways with Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe in the upcoming summer transfer window. They have taken another step in their path to facilitate a rebuild by overhauling the declined squad ahead of the next season.
Man United are expected to support Erik ten Hag as part of their new project this summer. The likes of Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Edinson Cavani are set to leave Old Trafford on free transfers as part of the squad overhaul.
Now, Bailly and Tuanzebe would be joining them on the outgoings list freeing up more space in the team for the Red Devils to work with this summer. The defensive duo have struggled to get regular game time for quite a long time which is indicative of their current plight.
Both Bailly and Tuanzebe have not warranted any reason to keep them in our wage bill any longer. The former struggled to get into the starting lineup even when others who were higher up in the pecking order were on a poor run of form. In fact, the Ivory Coast international was behind Phil Jones in the pecking order at one point, making this decision even more reasonable.
As for Tuanzebe, the Englishman was on loan with Napoli since last January, but he failed to gain any meaningful minutes during that spell. Hence, we should be parting ways with the 24-year-old, who was expected to develop into a fully-fledged centre-back following his impressive tenure at Aston Villa.
Bailly’s exit would mean that we can save £110,000-per-week in salaries, while Tuanzebe’s departure would help us free up the wage bill even further. That sum can be used to help with our rebuild this summer rather than letting fringe players remain at the club.
In an ideal scenario, we would want some interested parties to take the central defensive duo away from us on permanent transfers. However, that would probably be a distant possibility as it would not make sense for clubs to sign them permanently when they have not performed for quite some time.
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Hence, it is likely that we would be forced to facilitate loan moves for them, although we must be careful to prevent a repeat of what had happened with Tuanzebe in Italy. After all, it would be in our best interests for them to shine on their temporary exit away from the club, giving us more leeway to earn more from a sale in the future.
Let’s wait and see whether the hierarchy would be able to part ways with the centre-half duo in the summer transfer window. The fans would hope to see that happen, although nothing is guaranteed as of now, as interest must be generated to facilitate any moves.