Manchester United are planning to make a major overhaul this summer transfer window. They are aiming to land some big names in the squad attempting to go back to the top spots in England and abroad. Manchester’s potential signings are very commented nowadays, but nobody seems to pay attention to the players they will let go this offseason in order to make room for newcomers.
The Red Devils have spent a lot of money in the last transfer windows and now is time for them to get some cash in return for some of their stars. Today we’ll let you know about five players who either won’t be part of the team’s plans next season or are expected to sign with a club with a better moment than United.
Here are 5 players who could leave Manchester this summer.
Juan Mata was one of the best midfielders in Europe when he made his way from Chelsea to Manchester United in 2014 for a then-club record £37.1 million transfer fee. His beginnings with the team were nothing but good, as he always delivered when needed, but now his participation has decreased considerably.
Mata is only used sporadically for United these days and his departure from Old Trafford is imminent at this moment. This term we could see that he still got it and plenty of teams will be interested in his services this offseason; there have even been rumors of Barcelona being a potential suitor for Mata, but the only certain thing now is that he’s leaving Manchester.
It’s not a secret that Pogba has been in everybody’s mouth recently, with football fans wondering where he will be playing next season. That’s a question nobody knows how to answer, but the departure of the Frenchman looks closer every day. He’s been linked with Real Madrid, Barcelona and even his prior team before Man. Utd., Juventus.
However, this story keeps on development and its end seems further away. Pogba didn’t have the best time with Manchester and more having in consideration his back and forth with Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho. He improved his level after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s landing in Old Trafford and that’s exactly why he’s followed by the best clubs in Europe right now.
Pogba is expected to be the leader that Manchester need if he stays, but the Frenchman doesn’t look completely sure on wanting that role.
This one is more a matter of ‘when’ instead of ‘if’. Romelu Lukaku arrived in Manchester from Everton two years ago hoped to be the next great striker of the team, and even though his first season was pretty decent, his level decreased this year as he fell out of favor with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Romelu saw how Marcus Rashford became the team’s first striker and saw his participation with the team diminished, racking up only 15 goals in 45 matches with the English outfit across every competition. He is said to be taking his talents to Italy as Antonio Conte wants him to be Internazionale’s striker and figure. Italian football is something different from what he is accustomed to, but seeing his power and mobility, the Belgium striker can be a great addition for Inter.
David De Gea
David De Gea has been undoubtedly the most consistent player Manchester United have had in recent years maybe alongside Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia, but this year he had a weird one, not delivering the way he is used to for his team. Four goals conceded at Goodison Park and an error at Nou Camp can sum up what the season has been like to De Gea, who might be living his last days in Old Trafford.
It’s mandatory to say that he’s saved his team innumerable occasions, but the club’s inconsistencies might have made De Gea desire to take his talents elsewhere this offseason. The Red Devils have been linked with Atletico’s Oblak and Barcelona’s Cillessen and those rumors could only accelerate the Spanish international departure.
This Chilean star was exactly that during his days with Arsenal: a star. But, as soon as he landed in Manchester, everything fell apart for the former Barcelona player; he was unable to replicate the good performances he had in Arsenal with his new team and Alexis started to lose his spot in the team week after week, raising more and more criticism as people learned how huge his contract is and how poorly he's delivered.
This season he barely scored two goals in 27 matches for the Red Devils. The 30-year-old is set to leave the team and Manchester can wait to see him go, as Alexis Sanchez became one of the worst fiascos in the club’s recent history. He’s linked with a move to the La Liga this summer as the replacement of outgoing Antoine Griezmann in Atletico Madrid.