Reports from Fabrizio Romano this morning suggest a new round of talks have begun to offload a handful of high profile under-performing Manchester United players.
Manchester United planning talks to offload four first-team players
Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay to West Ham
Last night, Manchester Evening News reported that Man United have rejected a £30 million bid from West Ham for midfielder Scott McTominay. The 26-year-old Scotland international made 16 starts for The Reds last season, seeing his game time reduced due to the arrivals of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen. He has also recently seen his spot in the first 11 competed for by Kobbie Mainoo during pre-season. United are reluctant to sell McTominay unless they receive a bid closer to £40 million which they can then use to fund a move for Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat.
West Ham also saw an improved £30 million bid for former captain, Harry Maguire, rejected after their initial offer of £20 million was refused last month.
Donny van de Beek and Fred – The out-of-favour midfield duo
Another potential departure is Donny van de Beek who has failed to find his feet at Old Trafford since his £35 million transfer from Ajax in 2020. Real Sociedad are the main club showing interest in the Dutch international, but the Spanish club are yet to submit an official bid.
United are seeking to free up further funds by offloading midfielder, Fred. The Brazilian has been an important player for the Red Devils over the past few seasons, but his overall quality has always been a source of debate among fans. With big-name arrivals in midfield, notably Mason Mount from Chelsea, it seems the club are now looking to cash in. Interested parties include Galatasaray, with whom talks are ongoing, and Fulham, who have also voiced interest but are yet to make an official offer.
United are still keen on improving their squad with the likes of Amrabat from Fiorentina and Jean-Clair Todibo from Nice, but both transfers are dependent on shifting some dead weight from the current squad.