Manchester United have begun a huge player sell-off as transfer deadline day approaches in order to drastically lower their wage bill according to the Guardian.
The Red Devils have so far spent in the region of £130 million on new players in this transfer window - with more cash expected to be splashed before deadline day.
While Manchester United are one of the richest clubs in the world they still need to balance the books in order to finance their splurge, with a string of high-profile players on big wages prime for the chop.
Van Gaal is believed to have identified nine players that he wants to get rid of in order to overhaul his squad, however aside from their playing ability the wages of the unwanted group are also a problem.
The Guardian say that Nani is at the top of the list as Van Gaal tries to trim his squad, and although he is currently away on loan with Sporting Lisbon Manchester United are paying all of his wages. He is currently on a £115,000-per-week deal which still has four years left to run. That amounts to over £4 million-per-season that Manchester United could save.
Ashley Young, who has been made available by Manchester United, is on a similar wage which means they could save £11.9 million over the last two years of his contract if they can ship him off.
Javier Hernández is likely to be on his way to either Juventus or Valencia and is on £88,000, while Anderson earns slightly less than that figure and Shinji Kagawa earns £70,000. Tom Cleverley is on £30,000 and is seemingly destined to join Aston Villa.
If Manchester United were able to get rid of Welbeck, Young, Hernández, Anderson, Kagawa and Cleverley then they would be saving in the region of £24 million a year, which along with any transfer fees received for those players would go some way to covering the cost of breaking the british transfer record for Angel di Maria. If they were able to offload Nani next year then that figure would significantly rise.
There is a chance of more new arrivals at Old Trafford before Monday with Arturo Vidal said to be the main target for the Red Devils, while adding defensive reinforcements also remains a priority.