Manchester United are reportedly preparing to clean up £80 million in wage bill from players’ departure as per the report in English outlet Daily Star.
The Red Devils are eyeing a squad overhaul in the summer with several players being linked with a move away from the Old Trafford stadium. Paul Pogba(£275k/week) and Edinson Cavani(£250k) are the two highest-paid players who are set to leave the club for free, while Anthony Martial(£250k) is also expected to depart.
Juan Mata(£175k) and Nemanja Matic(£140k) have expressed their decision of finding their future away from Old Trafford. Jesse Lingard(£110k) and Dean Henderson(£110k) are also eager to leave the club following a frustrating couple of seasons at the Theatre of Dreams.
Eric Bailly(£110k) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka(£90k) have been told that they are not in the new manager Erik ten Hag’s plan, while Phil Jones(£80k) is expected to find his future away from the record Premier League champions.
If Manchester United manages to offload the players mentioned above, that will wipe £1.5 million off the weekly wage bill.
Manchester United have been offering out huge contracts to the players who aren’t worthy of that wage. Bruno Fernandes just signed a new deal and following his contract extension, the Portuguese is struggling to showcase his best in recent months.
Marcus Rashford is another player who earns over £200,000/week in salary but has struggled in the past few campaigns. So, the Red Devils’ hierarchy need to be cautious before handing out contracts to the players.
Meanwhile, Manchester United have found it difficult to cash in on players due to their high salary. With another transfer window on the horizon, the United hierarchy need to learn from their previous mistakes and rectify that.
Erik ten Hag is reportedly eager to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona and Jurrien Timber from Ajax. Therefore, the Red Devils will benefit financially from those underperforming players’ departure in order to extend the transfer budget.