Manchester United ready to allow 13 players to leave in summer

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag before the match against Liverpool.

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Erik ten Hag’s first summer transfer at Manchester United saw six new signings and 19 players depart Old Trafford either permanently or on loan. And as far as departures are concerned, the club will once again be very active ahead of the manager’s second season.

With the process of Manchester United sale yet to reach a conclusive stage, there remains uncertainty regarding the potential backing Ten Hag will get in the next stage of his rebuild.

Nevertheless, the recruitment team at Carrington is aware they need to reduce their wage bill to ensure that FFP guidelines are properly followed so that new players for Ten Hag can be signed without any issue.

In the summer of 2022, big names like Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Nemanja Matic, and Juan Mata departed. Cristiano Ronaldo’s mid-season exit also improved United’s books.

13 Manchester United players could depart in summer

As per the Daily Mail, United will focus on trimming their bloated squad in 2023 as well, with the club looking to move out up to 13 players.

In defence, there are question marks over Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Alex Telles’ future. While at the opposite end, Anthony Martial and Anthony Elanga could be made available for sale. Over 12 clubs are interested in signing Elanga.

Amad Diallo has impressed at Sunderland, and United want to extend Facundo Pellistri’s contract. But if new attacking signings are made, both young wingers would be better off spending another season on loan. However, it is claimed Diallo is likely to be given a first-team chance.

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It is further suggested that the Premier League giants want to add two strikers. Brighton and Hove Albion prodigy Evan Ferguson is being targeted, but United also intend to bring in a more experienced striker.

Manchester United have also held meetings with representatives of Bayer Leverkusen’s Jeremie Frimpong, and there are also plans to strengthen the midfield and ‘possibly’ the goalkeeping position.