Louis van Gaal plans to sell up to six of his Manchester United players for a combined £100 million following the club’s triumphant pre-season tour of the US.
According to the Express, Nani, Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez, Wilfried Zaha, Marouane Fellaini and Anderson could all be told to find new clubs later this week, once the squad returns from Miami, where the Red Devils secured the International Champions Cup courtesy of a 3-1 victory over fierce rivals Liverpool in Miami on Monday night.
Van Gaal plans face-to-face talks
Van Gaal will inform his players whether or not they have a future at Old Trafford in a series of a face-to-face meetings this week.
The veteran Dutch coach has had a good look at the majority of his players - barring those returning late from the World Cup plus those left out of the club’s pre-season tour squad - and appears to have reached a decision over which members of the United squad he plans to move on.
Van Gaal was not only looking for impressive performances in America, but also wanted to see who could cope with his demanding training sessions and follow specific instructions to play in his 3-4-1-2 system.
Van Gaal keen to sign replacements
The United manager is keen to tell the players deemed surplus to requirements that they must find new clubs now, rather than later, with several weeks remaining before the summer transfer window closes.
Not only does that provide the players with enough time to secure moves elsewhere, but it also allows Manchester United the required time to recruit replacements.
Defenders Thomas Vermaelen and Danny Blind - of Arsenal and Ajax, respectively - plus Juventus star Arturo Vidal and AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman are just four of the players on Van Gaal’s summer wish-list.
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Estimated value of sales
United hope to receive a combined £25 million fee for Hernandez and Kagawa, who have both been linked with moves to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.
Nani will cost his next club around £10 million to sign, while Fellaini could go for half the £28 million David Moyes paid out for the ex-Everton star at the end of last summer.
Anderson will leave Old Trafford for a nominal fee, having failed to secure a move to Fiorentina.
But Van Gaal may decide to send Zaha, who has looked dangerous as a centre-forward on occasions in the US over the past few weeks, out on loan this season - instead of looking for a sale.