Man United still hope to sell two first-team players after PL transfer deadline

Manchester United have a golden chance to sell Eric Bailly and Donny van de Beek in the foreign transfer market

According to ESPN (h/t the Manchester Evening News), Manchester United are looking to take advantage of the extended transfer windows in Turkey and Saudi Arabia to offload Eric Bailly and Donny van de Beek.

The English summer transfer window closed on Friday evening, marking the end of another exciting season for the Premier League in terms of transfers.

With the summer transfer windows in Turkey (until September 15) and Saudi Arabia (until September 7) still open, it seems there might be more departures in the coming days.

In light of this, both Bailly and Van de Beek are currently not in favour of the club and are expected to leave Old Trafford.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is ready to offload Eric Bailly this summer (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is ready to offload Eric Bailly this summer (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Bailly was deemed surplus to requirements in the squad, as Ten Hag preferred to keep him out of the pre-season preparations.

He spent the previous season on loan at Marseille, where there was a condition for the club to buy him depending on his making a specific number of appearances, which did not happen.

United are now ready to sell him as his contract is set to expire next summer. Although Besiktas have been mentioned as a potential destination, his high wages could pose a challenge to any deal.

On the other hand, Van de Beek rejected a season-long loan move to Lorient, despite an agreement between the two clubs.

Turkish club Galatasaray are currently in discussions with United regarding a loan deal for the Dutchman, with an initial £1 million bid rejected on deadline day.

While Bailly has had some notable performances for the club, Van de Beek’s tenure has not gone as planned. The Dutch midfielder, who has struggled since his transfer from Ajax in 2020, has had a difficult time with only 60 appearances in over three seasons.

Man United midfielder Donny Van De Beek could leave on loan amid rising interests (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Man United midfielder Donny Van De Beek could leave on loan amid rising interests (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

There is a high chance for both players to get a move away from the Theatre of Dreams, as they have been attracting interest. In our opinion, it is highly likely that the centre-back would be sold permanently, but the midfielder might go on loan.

As things stand, it is a golden opportunity for the club to release their fringe players and ease the burden on their financial books.

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