Manchester United could look to take advantage of seven players this summer to raise nearly £ 70million in transfer fees, according to The Express.
In a speculative article, journalist Lewis Winter identified David de Gea, Diogo Dalot, Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata as potential sales.
Winter used player market values on Transfermarkt.com to arrive at potential fees, putting De Gea at £ 19.8million, Dalot at £ 9million, Jones at £ 4.5million, Matic at £ 9million, Lingard at £ 13.5million, Pereira at £ 7.65million and Mata at £ 5.4million, for a total of £ 68.85million.
There are problems right away with the logic on which the article is based. Recent reports claim United are seeking £ 50million and £ 30million respectively for De Gea and Lingard, well above those values from Transfermarkt. De Gea’s long contract and £ 375,000 a week’s salary are also a complication. They are also unlikely to let Dalot go for £ 9million as they will feel he has the potential to become a top full-back and has two more years left on his United contract. .
Matic has recently signed a new contract and it is unlikely to find a club at this point in his career that will achieve an asking price of £ 9million and his salary of £ 120,000 per week. Jones would also have a hard time ordering any kind of transfer fee after his prolonged and ongoing injury issues, especially given his £ 75,000-a-week salary.
Mata’s contract expires in June, so he can leave the club as a free agent. If United were to trigger the one-year extension in his contract, then they could demand a transfer fee for him, but the buying club would then have to match his salary of £ 160,000 per week, which seems like a tall order.
The article also does not mention Paul Pogba, who will have to be sold this summer if a new contract cannot be made. His contract extension has already been triggered, so it’s now or never if United have to avoid losing him on a free transfer for the second time.
It is almost certain that there will be a number of departures this summer and a large part of United’s transfer activity could be in the outgoing department. But the Red Devils are highly unlikely to lose seven first-team members in a window, especially at the prices shown in Winter’s article.