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Report: Manchester United struggling to sell transfer-listed players this summer

Manchester United wants to part ways with Anthony Martial. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images).
Manchester United want to part ways with Anthony Martial. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Manchester United struggling to offload fringe players this summer transfer window

According to The Sun, Manchester United are currently finding it difficult to part ways with fringe players in this summer transfer window. They are looking to facilitate a squad overhaul to back Erik ten Hag to help with their rebuilding phase ahead of the next season.

Man United have deemed Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Andreas Pereira to be disposable this summer. However, they are struggling to receive offers from elsewhere for the quarter at this moment. As such, they are now willing to take a loss and sell them on a cut-price deal to meet their needs.

Martial is now available for a fee in the region of £20million, whereas Bailly would cost just £8.5million in transfer fees. Things are even worse with Jones as there are no genuine interested parties for him as of now. Finally, there are question marks over Pereira’s future with him not being in ten Hag’s plans.

Man United struggling to offload fringe players in summer transfer window.
Manchester United are ready to sell Eric Bailly on a cut-price deal this summer. (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Concerning update

Clearing out the deadweights is one of the most important tasks that the Manchester board must fulfil if they hope to turn a new lead under ten Hag. Taking a loss and recouping as much money as possible is certainly a reasonable stance if it means that we can get rid of those players who are no longer good enough to play for us at the top level.

Martial, for example, was sent out on loan to Sevilla last January, but he failed to make use of the opportunities in the best possible manner. Bailly, on the other hand, is well past his best days, and his ability to keep himself fit has often been questioned in recent years.

Jones did return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines and performed quite well for us. However, expecting him to play a part in the future would be reactionary when it is high time that we must look ahead by bringing in quality players with high potential.

Phil Jones has no clear proposals from prospective suitors.
Phil Jones has no clear proposals from prospective suitors.

Finally, Pereira has been forgotten by many supporters ever since he was loaned out to Flamengo last summer. Unfortunately for us, a permanent transfer failed to materialise, which saw him return to Old Trafford ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Jones and Pereira are set to enter the last year of their respective deals, which means that we must sell them this summer to prevent a repeat of what happened with Jesse Lingard, who is set to leave on a free transfer. We should look to earn a solid sum from their sales while freeing up the wage bill in the process.

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Even if we would be enduring a loss on Martial and Bailly, earning that sum would go a long way in helping us boost our transfer budget for this summer. Moreover, getting rid of the former’s salary of £240,000-a-week would certainly be beneficial, but that is also a roadblock when it comes to finding suitors for him.

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