Manchester United aiming to ship SIX defenders before the end of the transfer window in clearout


Manchester United are looking to ship six of their out-of-favour defenders before the transfer widow closes in one month as new boss Erik ten Hag continues rebuilding his squad.

Sportsmail understands all of Alex Telles, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Baily, Axel Tuanzebe, Ethan Laird and Phil Jones are all welcome to the exit at Old Trafford.

The arrival of Tyrell Malacia as competition for Luke Shaw has pushed Telles towards the door. The Brazilian has interest from Sevilla in Spain and the 29-year-old only arrive at Old Trafford two years ago for £15.4million.

Wan-Bissaka is the player United would likely lose the most money on. The former Crystal Palace man cost the club £50m in 2019, but he has failed to kick-on as the club had expected.

The Eagles are interested in taking Wan-Bissaka back on loan and it seems that’s the most likely market for the right-back.

Jones, who made an impressive return to the Red Devils lineup last season, is also free to leave.

Former teammate and now D.C. United manager Wayne Rooney is rumoured to be interested and they’ve held tentative talks.

Bailly is another player who United would have liked to recover some money on, but injuries have hampered his time at Old Trafford.

United paid £30m in 2016 for the Ivory Coast international and it’s believed former United boss Jose Mourinho is keen on a reunion with the centre-back.

AC Milan and Fulham are other options for the 28-year-old while Sevilla have emerged as frontrunners as well.

Youth products Laird and Tuanzebe are also set to play elsewhere next year, but the former won’t be on a permanent basis.

Laird, who played six games for Bournemouth in the second-half of last season, is set to join Watford on-loan in the championship and that deal is all but done.

Tuanzebe is said to be attracting interest from newly promoted Bournemouth. The 24-year-old had three loan spells with Aston Villa before heading to Napoli last January, but he hardly featured.

The wages United would save by finding new homes for these players will perhaps be more valuable than the fees they are able to collect.


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