The nine Manchester United players who could leave in the transfer window


Dean Henderson

Henderson has already been to Tyneside this month in a bid to accelerate an extended move to Newcastle which was first mooted in January. The 25-year-old would have no problem leaving United permanently, but the club’s preference is on (another) loan, which is not a full endorsement of David de Gea as he approaches the final year of his contract (with a possibility of a year).

United have Henderson under contract for up to four more years and he earns over £100,000 a week; stumbling blocks to a permanent transfer. The word from Henderson’s side is that United are the biggest ‘stumbling block’ as they seek guaranteed support to make up for his likely exit.

Newcastle have suggested their number two goalkeeper Karl Darlow after Martin Dubravka rejected a swap deal in the winter transfer window.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka

A number of players asked for clarification on their future before the end of the season and Wan-Bissaka’s representatives saw the writing on the wall. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked to replace the 24-year-old last year and Wan-Bissaka was one of United’s worst performers in a season where he lost his place.

Wan-Bissaka has two years left on his contract, plus the option of a further year, and has cost United up to £50million. If there were to be a permanent sale, it would be a huge loss for a player who is not in the top 10 England right-backs on Gareth Southgate’s radar.

brandon williams

Williams hasn’t been guaranteed to fill his playing time, with United ready to sign a full-back and left-backs Luke Shaw and Alex Telles set to stay. Williams has played frequently on loan at Norwich and does not want a season similar to his second with United where he was limited to five starts.

The 21-year-old academy graduate is contracted to United until 2024 and started in all four semi-finals in 2019-20, which strengthens United’s bargaining position should one or more clubs wish to negotiate a fee .

Phil Jones

He finished the season as a fourth-choice centre-back, but Jones has started two games in the last two years, been off at half-time in one of them and United want a new centre-half this summer .

Jones is out of contract next year and would be one of the few United players not to see his extension exercised. He overstayed his welcome and could have been released three years ago, under the terms of his previous contract.

Jones and Bailly, pictured after the League Cup loss to Derby in 2018, started the 2017-18 season together

Eric Bailly

The 27-year-old has played 113 times for United in six seasons. That’s an average of less than 20 appearances per season. Bailly played seven times for United in 2021-22; he made more appearances for Ivory Coast during this period.

Bailly should have been sold last year, but United relented and offered him a completely new contract. The three-year duration underlined their skepticism and the investment was not justified. Bailly finished the season fifth in the central defensive pecking order and wants out.

Axel Tuanzebe

Like his Class of 2015 teammate Henderson, Tuanzebe’s season was a loss. Joining Aston Villa seemed beneficial until Dean Smith was sacked in November and his five months at Napoli could hardly have been worse. Tuanzebe played twice and in his only start Napoli scored five goals.

Tuanzebe turns 25 in November and is under contract until at least next year. United need an athletic and reliable centre-back to keep Harry Maguire on their toes, but that option is unlikely to come in-house and Tuanzebe can no longer be classed as a youth player.

Andreas Pereira

But for Flamengo’s difficult financial situation, Pereira would have already been off United’s books. He is on loan at the Brazilian club until July 31 but his long-term future remains uncertain and it was reported last month that United director of football John Murtough had told Pereira he could be part of the plans by Erik ten Hag.

That seems like overkill for a 26-year-old who hasn’t played for United in almost two years and whose loan covers the entire pre-season tour.

Pereira in form to thrive in pre-season
Pereira in form to thrive in pre-season

Antoine Martial

Martial endured a dismal few seasons, scoring a meager eight goals for United. He only managed one on loan at Sevilla, who got more traction from Martial online than on the pitch.

The 26-year-old has had two good seasons in seven for United and there is a point of principle to consider, given the club’s defining moment backing Martial against Jose Mourinho four years ago. This eroded the manager’s authority and ushered in the era of four-year-old player power.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo is United’s best player, he’s under contract for another year and Ten Hag wants to keep him. But Ronaldo has only known Champions League football since he was 18 and the last time he played in the Europa League it was called the UEFA Cup and he was 17.

If there’s one agent who can make the impossible possible, it’s Ronaldo’s representative Jorge Mendes. Joining Real Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti is not beyond the realm of possibility now that Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe have slipped the net and Mendes has a finger in the cake from Bayern Munich amid the possible departure of Robert Lewandowski.

United have clarified their position on Ronaldo and need him as soon as possible. He is due to speak to the press on international duty next week.


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