Fri. Aug 23rd, 2019

Seven players who could leave Manchester United at the end of the season

Manchester UnitedManchester United will need to fight hard to keep hold of their players at the end of this season.

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Despite the permanent appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager a number of players have still been linked with moves away from Old Trafford in the English Summer.

Real Madrid will be looking to go on a bog recruiting drive after a disappointing 2018/19 campaign and this could drive some high profile exits.

We look at seven players who have recently been linked with moves away to Manchester United.

Paul Pogba

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Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba reacts after missing a chance during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England. Oli SCARFF / AFP

With Zinedine Zidane back at the helm at the Bernabeu the link between Real Madrid and Paul Pogba has been revived.

Conservative estimates put Pogba’s price tag at around £80mil but United are likely to demand a lot more for the player who is contracted until 2021 with the option of an extra year.

Pogba’s form recovered under Solskjaer but some sectors of United’s support are unhappy with his effort in recent weeks and feel he already has one foot out the door.

David de Gea

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Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea (L) dives to make a save from a Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane free kick during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in London. Manchester United won 1-0. Ian KINGTON / IK IMAGES / AFP

The Spanish stopper has been linked with a dream move to the Bernabeu for years but it could finally happen in 2019 with Real reportedly willing to break the bank to sign David de Gea.

The goalkeeper has been nothing short of brilliant for Manchester United since joining in 2011 and losing him would be a huge blow to Solskjaer’s team.

De Gea has kept seven Premier League clean sheets this season so far but it may yet prove to be his last in English football.

Alexis Sanchez

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Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez during a pre-match warm up. PHOTO: AFP

The Chilean has never settled at Old Trafford and is seems and almost dead cert to leave Manchester United in June, PSV Eindhoven’s Hirving Lozano has reportedly been lined up to replace Alexis Sanchez.

The striker has failed to live up to the promise he showed at Arsenal and is said to be regretting his decision to turn down a move to the blue half of Manchester.

The £400,000 a week that Sanchez could earn if he stays at United is believed to be the major obstacle to moving the Chilean on with interest in him coming from abroad as well as London.

Romelu Lukaku

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Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United celebrates during the 2019 English Premier League season. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

AC Milan are reportedly set to swoop in for the Belgian striker who has fallen behind Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the strike pecking order at United.

Lukaku has been involved in some of United’s brightest moments this season but has struggled for form and fitness and no longer appears to be progressing as a player.

United will allegedly demand any suitors match or better the £75m they paid Everton to sign the striker.

Ander Herrera

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Manchester United’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera stands on the pitch during the pre-season friendly football match between FC Bayern Munich and Manchester United at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

Midfielder Ander Herrera becomes a free agent at the end of the term and suggestions are the 29-year-old midfielder is set to leave United having already reached a pre-contract agreement with Paris Saint Germain.

Contract renewal talks have stalled with the Red Devils not willing to match his demands of a £200,000-a-week wage,

Herrera may be using the interest from PSG to drive up his salary for a renewal of his current deal but the United chapter of his career might be drawing to a close.

Juan Mata

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Juan Mata of Manchester United in action with Sergei Ignashevich of CSKA Moscow during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Manchester United and CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford in Manchester, United Kingdom. Photo: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images

A third Spaniard, Juan Mata is rumoured to form part of a purported mass exodus from Manchester United at the end of the current season. Mata’s contract like Herrera’s expires in June.

The 30-year-old joined Manchester United from Chelsea in 2014 but he could be a free agent next year. The club are reportedly keen for Mata to take up an ambassador role but may see him hanging up his boots sooner than he himself would like.

Mata had previously been linked with a move back to Spain but doesn’t appear to have any ready suitors just yet.

Eric Bailly

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Eric Bailly during Manchester United v West Ham United (4-0), Premier League, Old Trafford, Manchester, Greater Manchester, England

The Ivorian defender Eric Bailly has struggled for a place at the heart of Manchester United’s defense and the rise of Victor Lindelof could see him depart to allow Solskjaer to reinforce his back line.

The strongest contenders for Bailly’s services are apparently Zidane’s Real Madrid who appear intent on raiding the Red Devils.

Bailly’s injury struggled have apparently not deterred Madrid who are said to be willing to pay as much as £35million to bring the former Villareal man back to Spain.

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