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Manchester United are reportedly set for a major squad overhaul this summer as new co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe looks to seal his authority at the club.
Ratcliffe’s £1.3bn investment to buy a 25 per cent stake in United was officially ratified last week, and he has already made major decisions in recent weeks, with the club appointing Omar Berrada as their new chief executive. , while they are also trying to reach an agreement. a deal for Newcastle’s Dan Ashworth to become their sporting director.
Attention now turns to the playing squad, with United prepared to offload at least 10 players at the end of the season, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Raphael Varane, Anthony Martial and Tom Heaton look set to leave when their contracts expire in June, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof and Facundo Pellistri are approaching the final 12 months of their respective deals.
With their contracts expiring, United are unlikely to get significant fees for any of these players, which could lead them to sell some more prominent players to give them money to spend on improving their squad.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe is planning a major overhaul of Man United’s squad this summer
Erik ten Hag’s side have lost 10 league games this season and Ratcliffe wants to turn things around for next season
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United outcast Mason Greenwood has attracted interest from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, with the Red Devils said to be seeking £34m for the striker.
Another striker who could be shown the exit door is Marcus Rashford after a disappointing campaign. The England international signed a new contract last summer to keep him at the club until 2028, but he has struggled on and off the field this year and United could opt to transfer him.
The 13-time Premier League champions are also expected to listen to offers for the £86million flop Antony, who has fallen down the pecking order this season under Erik ten Hag.
Ten Hag has consistently supported the winger to rediscover his best form, but he appears to be running out of time to turn things around.
Experienced midfielder Casemiro could also leave, with clubs in Saudi Arabia showing interest in the five-time Champions League-winning star.
Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho, Donny van de Beek, Hannibal Mejbri and Álvaro Fernández, currently on loan, are likely to be put up for sale.
Marcus Rashford could be sacked after disappointing season at Old Trafford
Casemiro (left) and Antony (right) could go up for sale at the end of the season
United are wary of ensuring they comply with the Premier League’s sustainability and profit rules, and selling players for hefty fees will help them achieve this.
Ratcliffe revealed his ambition to topple Manchester City and Liverpool now that he has a minority stake in United, and the British billionaire appears to feel the current squad needs to be strengthened to make this possible.
Ten Hag’s side suffered their 10th league defeat of the season on Saturday when they lost 2-1 to Fulham at Old Trafford, and are in danger of missing out on next season’s Champions League.
They are eight points off the top four and 16 points behind league leaders Liverpool with 12 games left to play.