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Tom Cleverley to stay at Manchester United for final season

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Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is ready to stay at the club for a final season despite not being deemed a key player by Louis Van Gaal.

According to the Independent, the United boss is ready to sell the England international, along with other fringe squad players like Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa. But Cleverley wants to stay at United and see out his contract, which expires next summer.

He will then be able to negotiate a better signing-on fee from his next club compared to if he moved this summer.

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Out with the old

Cleverley is one of several United squad players that are expected to depart before the close of the transfer window next week. Van Gaal hopes to rake in a significant amount in transfer funds through the sale of players like Kagawa and Hernandez, who do not feature in his first-team plans.

Anderson, Hernandez, Kagawa and Welbeck all played as Manchester United were humiliated against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round earlier this week. The Premier League giants were hammered 4-0 by the third tier side.

The report goes on to claim that Anderson, the Brazilian midfielder, is top of the list to sell before next week but no suitors have been forthcoming yet.

He spent time on loan at Fiorentina last season, but it didn't work out.

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Plenty of offers

More than six offers have been lodged for Welbeck and Cleverley, although Welbeck could be a more important piece of the puzzle for Van Gaal than his United teammate.

Two offers have been submitted for Kagawa, who left the MK Dons defeat early through injury. The £17m summer signing from 2012 has failed to impress since his move from Borussia Dortmund, and Spanish giants Atletico Madrid are thought to be interested.

Back to Cleverley, and although central midfield is an area in need of reinforcements, the 25-year-old does not feature in Van Gaal's thinking. His partnership alongside Darren Fletcher against Sunderland last weekend did not look promising, and he has attracted criticism from United fans for conservative passing over recent months.

Portugal international William Carvalho and Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal are being tracked by United, with the Dutch boss keen to add to the position as soon as possible.

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