In a surprising turn of events, Manchester United is reportedly open to offers for key players, including Casemiro, Raphaël Varane, Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial, and Donny van de Beek, according to a report by The Guardian. Manager Erik ten Hag, however, is firm in not allowing any sale that could weaken the squad, emphasizing the importance of maintaining team strength.
Despite not actively pushing players out, financial fair play rules necessitate the club to generate funds for potential reinforcements. The club anticipates a relatively quiet transfer window but is willing to consider offers from prospective bidders, as disclosed by sources close to the club’s hierarchy. United will be looking to get in new players in the transfer market if they are able to offload some of their players considering the poor results so far in their season.
Casemiro and Varane, with their wealth of experience and successful careers, could attract interest, but their high salaries, each exceeding £300,000 a week, and age (both in their 30s) pose potential hurdles. Meanwhile, the 23-year-old Jadon Sancho is made available due to his refusal to apologize to Ten Hag for questioning the manager’s decision to omit him from a match in early September. Despite his substantial weekly earnings, Sancho is seen as a more attractive long-term investment.
Anthony Martial, with eight years at United, has faced criticism for a relatively disappointing career. The 28-year-old striker might be hesitant to leave in January, given that he can depart as a free agent in the summer. Donny van de Beek, who arrived from Ajax in September 2020, has struggled to secure a consistent spot in the first team.
While January exits for these players could reshape the squad, the manager’s insistence on maintaining strength hints at a cautious approach to potential transfers. As the transfer window unfolds, fans await developments that could impact the team’s dynamics and future prospects. The financial aspects, age, and performance considerations will likely play pivotal roles in any potential deals for these Manchester United stars.