The rebuild, for all needs and purposes, has already begun at Manchester United. The club bowed out of Champions League football for next season on Sunday when they drew 1-1 to Huddersfield.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it obvious that many Manchester United players had played for the last time during that game.
Their final game of the season, at home to Cardiff, is likely to be played out in traditional end-of-the-season fashion with young academy graduates being given their debuts and other starlets starting.
The ones assured to leave will likely be given an honorary start and the ones yet to prove their worth could stay on the bench.
One such player is Ashley Young. A long-time servant of the club, over the past few seasons his role was resurrected as a makeshift wing-back. While the English veteran’s brilliance at times is not to be doubted, increasingly the fans have gotten weary of seeing his name on the teamsheet.
It seems certain that a world-class right-back will be signed in the summer to replace him and the outgoing Antonio Valencia, with Diogo Dalot still too young to man the spot regularly.
As per strong claims from Italy, Cancelo could be this man for United. The Red Devils have kept the 24-year-old on their radar for a while now. The Portuguese international is reportedly unhappy with Juventus and has decided to depart in the summer.
Further, the right-back, who can also function on the left flank, has allegedly informed his agent Jorge Mendes who is said to be in contact with United. Separate reports have pegged a £42 million pricetag plus Matteo Darmian to be the offer that United will move ahead with.
It is believed that lack of gametime and tense relation with Allegri is what is driving the Portuguese international away from the Serie A after only one season there.