Harry Maguire, Fred and two others are to be made available to fund Manchester United transfers next summer
Manchester United stars Harry Maguire and Fred, along with two others, will be made available to fund transfers in the summer of 2023, according to The Telegraph (Subscription Required) [h/t Mirror].
Apart from the England and Brazil nationals, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Donny van de Beek will also be allowed to leave the club in the upcoming transfer window.
The Red Devils are looking to get a striker and a central midfielder as a priority in the summer of 2023. However, in order to fund the deals, the Old Trafford side will have to sell some players.
United will be hoping to get at least £100 million from the sale of the four stars, which will then be reinvested. The Red Devils’ shortlist includes Harry Kane, Benjamin Sesko, Victor Osimhen, Frenkie de Jong and Jude Bellingham. Evidently, none of them will come cheap.
The players the Old Trafford side have made available are not regular fixtures for Erik ten Hag in the starting lineup. They have all fallen down the pecking order in their respective positions.
Maguire started the first two matches under the Dutch manager. However, since then, the 29-year-old has lost his place in the team. However, the England international did revive a bit of his reputation with the Three Lions at the 2022 World Cup.
Fred has not been pivotal this season either. The Brazilian has lost his place in the team to two new arrivals—Casemiro and Christian Eriksen. The duo’s performances have resulted in the 29-year-old’s game time dwindling.
Wan-Bissaka has not featured in Ten Hag’s plans much due to Diogo Dalot. The England U21 international has been pipped by the Portugal international. Although, the 25-year-old has performed decently in recent fixtures.
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Van de Beek’s transfer to United has been an underwhelming one. Since his arrival in the summer of 2020, the Holland international has failed to cement his place in the team. Injuries in the current campaign have not helped his cause either.
Therefore, the Old Trafford side would seemingly not miss if any of the four players departed the club. They would not want to remain bit-part players at the club either. However, the Red Devils should also be careful about not making a major overhaul that could create issues with the depth of the squad.