Jose Mourinho could axe five big names from Man United before transfer window closes
There could yet be a lot of transfer business done at Old Trafford before the transfer window closes tomorrow, with a report suggesting that Jose Mourinho could let up to five players leave Manchester United ahead of deadline day.
Jose Mourinho could be further set to cull his squad before the transfer window closes tomorrow at 11.30pm.
The Manchester United boss has already cleared some of the deadwood from the club.
Defenders Tyler Blackett, Donald Love and Paddy McNair have all been sold.
Meanwhile, the likes of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Adnan Januzaj have been loaned out for first-team experience that they were unlikely to come by at Old Trafford this season.
Januzaj will play under David Moyes at Sunderland this season
Further exits from the club could happen on or before transfer deadline day.
According to the Manchester Evening News, five names are in serious danger of being shipped out of the club.
Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Memphis Depay, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian all face uncertain futures under Mourinho.
Stoke City have made no secret of their interest in Jones, who is yet to feature in a Premier League matchday squad this season.
Stoke City are interested in signing Phil Jones. [source: Sky Sports] #MUFC— Man Utd Update (@MufcDevilUpdate) August 23, 2016
Carrick has not yet registered a minute of league football, though the 35-year-old did pen a new one-year contract over the summer and may feature when the Europa League campaign gets underway.
With just a very brief substitute appearance against Bournemouth on the opening day of the season, Memphis looks like he will struggle for first-team football under the Portuguese coach. The Daily Telegraph reckons that the 22-year-old would be allowed to depart the club for any bid in the £26m region.
According to reports emerging from Italy, full-back Darmian is wanted by three clubs in his native Italy - Napoli, Roma and former side Torino. A loan move could be on the cards for the 26-year-old, who will have a serious fight on his hands to dislodge the impressive Antonio Valencia from the right-back starting berth.
The unloved Rojo, meanwhile, is being heavily linked with a loan switch to Valencia:
Valencia are trying to sign Marcos Rojo on loan for the season - and also want first option to buy him next summer— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) August 29, 2016
Of all the transfers out of the club, this is likely to be the one that pleases Red Devils fans most.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, meanwhile, is not even part of the 26 players (23 outfield and three goalkeepers) that are working with Mourinho as the new boss had made the German midfielder's first-team options crystal clear.