Not In Ten Hag’s Plans: United Defender Could Return To His Former Club

Manchester United's Harry Maguire celebrates scoring their second goal with Luke Shaw, Bruno Fernandes and teammates.

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Erik ten Hag is yet to fully assess the Manchester United squad, but the club are willing to let go a number of players who have underperformed this season.

Anything that the Red Devils will recoup in transfer fees this summer is expected to be added to the incoming manager’s transfer budget of £100-£150m in order to bring in players suited to the Dutchman’s playing style.

United will listen to offers for Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Anthony Martial, Alex Telles, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, ESPN have reported.

Wan-Bissaka has lost his guaranteed starting spot since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking. His inability to consistently contribute to his side’s attack means his situation at the club is unlikely to change under Ten Hag.

As per the Athletic, Crystal Palace are considering a move for their former defender, as they look to upgrade on Joel Ward and Nathaniel Clyne at right-back.

However, any potential move for the 24-year-old to Palace is likely to be on a loan rather than a permanent switch. As such, United’s summer budget won’t be boosted by this transfer, but their wage bill will certainly improve and will leave a space for a new arrival.

Further, if Wan-Bissaka impresses under Patrick Vieira, his loan could be turned into a permanent deal later, akin to Wilfried Zaha. The winger rejoined Palace on a permanent basis after initially moving to Selhurst Park on loan from United.