It’s fair to say Manchester United fans are anticipating plenty of comings and goings this summer, though they await the first announcement of the window.
And it’s not just incomings. There’s a general acceptance that several stars will leave Old Trafford too. Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera have already announced their departures on frees and could be joined by Juan Mata, whose contract extension is not yet signed and sealed.
But that’s not to say United won’t be able to garner a good amount of cash on sales, which could then be spent on much-needed signings.
These are the players who have been linked with moves away from Old Trafford, could be sold in this window and how much United might net from their summer sales:
David De Gea
Although United don’t want to sell De Gea and they are prepared to run down his contract until January, the Spanish goalkeeper continues to be linked with an exit as he enters the final year of his contract.
Despite his contract situation and the fact that he made a number of mistakes towards the end of the season, De Gea is still a sizeable financial asset to United. They’d surely demand a fee in excess of £70million for the 28-year-old, which they would need to reinvest the money into another top bracket goalkeeper.
Potential transfer fee: £70m-£80m.
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The £30million United paid Villarreal for Bailly in June 2016 is fairly cheap by the standard of more recent centre-back signings around the world. That he’s started just 43 league games over three seasons at Old Trafford speaks volumes about the Ivorian’s injury record and inconsistent form whenever he has been fit.
Despite Bailly’s preference remain at United, as reported by MEN Sport a month ago, he has still been linked with the exit.
It would be a shame, especially given Bailly’s age (25) and his undoubted talent.
Potential fee £30m
Rojo has insisted that he’s been assured of his future at United but it is understood the club are open to selling him this summer.
It would be a stretch to suggest, if sold, that United could recoup the full £16million that they paid for the Argentine five years ago after being impressed by his performances at the 2014 World Cup.
And given that he signed a new United contract in March this year, keeping him at Old Trafford until 2021 (in theory), he could be difficult to ship.
Potential fee: £10m
Darmian has become the forgotten man at United, failing to earn regular football under Jose Mourinho, a theme which continued under Solskjaer.
He’s now 29, approaching the final year of his United contract and will surely be sold this summer after making just 60 league appearances for the Reds in the past four years, since arriving for £12.7million from Torino. United may only be able to recoup a modest fee for the full-back.
Potential fee: £10m
United are adamant that Pogba won’t be sold to Real Madrid, contrary to the deluge of transfer reports that have claimed otherwise in the past few weeks.
The Reds value the Frenchman as one of their key assets, but they would perhaps have their resolved tested by a bid in excess of £100million. United paid a then world record £89.3 million for Pogba three years ago and despite his patchy form, still regard the 26-year-old World Cup winner as one of their truly elite players. Even a £100million bid wouldn’t be enough for them to cash in.
Potential fee: £150m+
United would like to get Sanchez off their wage bill, so receiving a transfer fee of any kind for the struggling Chilean would be a huge bonus.
What seems most likely is that they’re forced to subsidise his wages as Sanchez heads out on loan. It would be the end of a sorry saga for both United and the former Arsenal forward, whose form has plummeted in the past 18 months.
Potential fee: £20m (but most likely a loan)
Links between the Belgian striker and Inter Milan simply won’t go away, with Lukaku keen on the idea of moving to Serie A and incomings Internazionale coach Antonio Conte interested in signing him, as reported by MEN Sport.
Lukaku’s goal return at United hasn’t been poor by any stretch of the imagination. He’s scored 42 goals across all competitions in two seasons at Old Trafford, but a sizeable bid from Italy might persuade United to cash in and invest the money elsewhere.
Potential fee: £90m
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