Manchester United have commenced the mass clear-out under the new manager Erik ten Hag and the new structure behind the scenes.
The Red Devils already confirmed that Lee Grant and Edinson Cavani will leave the club at the end of this season, whilst the Old Trafford outfit have recently made it official that Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata will also leave for free at the end of this month.
Meanwhile, the club’s hierarchy had the opportunity to cash in on Pogba and Lingard in the past, given the Frenchman had expressed his desire to leave the club, while the Englishman found it difficult to break into the former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first eleven.
However, Manchester United didn’t grant permission for their departures. And now they are forced to let them go for free.
On the other hand, there are more clearouts expected this summer as Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Nemanja Matic and Anthony Martial are all likely to leave the club.
However, it will be interesting to see how many of them will end up leaving in this transfer window. Keeping the club’s hierarchy’s previous performances in mind, it is hard to believe that the Red Devils’ hierarchy will find suitors for all the aforementioned players by the end of this summer’s transfer window along with signing priority targets for Erik ten Hag.
The record Premier League champions have struggled to offload fringe players in recent years due to the former CEO Ed Woodward’s baffling decision of offering them long-term contracts in order to raise their valuation. As a consequence of that, it was hard to find suitors who would want to match the club’s asking price.
Following the appointment of Richard Arnold as the club’s new CEO, there have been many changes in the backroom staff. John Murtough the football director will have the responsibility of pulling off Erik ten Hag’s number one targets – along with Andy O’Boyle who has just been appointed as the deputy football director – in the transfer market this summer.