Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is bidding to keep his overhaul of the club on track this month by getting rid of three fringe players.
The trio of Darren Fletcher, Anders Lindegaard and Tom Cleverley are all expected to leave in the near future, but the Dutchman is said to be aiming to accelerate their departures by selling them on this month.
Trio to be axed
Fletcher has attracted interest from new West Brom boss Tony Pulis, who is aiming to improve his squad by adding players with genuine pedigree, and would certainly be the loss most felt by the fans.
Meanwhile Lindegaard has been linked with a string of clubs following the signing of Victor Valdes, and midfielder Cleverley is a transfer target for Aston Villa. The latter is said to be holding out until his contract expires at the culmination of the current campaign in order to assess his options, although Paul Lambert wants to tie him down to a permanent deal as soon as possible.
In other dealings it’s been confirmed that United have made an approach for Serie A star Paulo Dybala. The youngster is worth €40 million euros, and Palermo’s president has stated that he has told the Red Devils to wait until the summer.
Interest in the Argentinian forward has been high, and the player himself as made an extremely impressive start to life in Italy. However, it looks as though he'll remain at Palermo until at least the end of the season, even though a big bid to convince his club to entertain an offer.
With the future of Radamel Falcao uncertain, Javier Hernandez's Old Trafford career all but finished and Robin van Persie edging away from his peak years Dybala could be an astute acquisition, though at €40 million he'd certainly feel the weight of expectancy.
- United have apparently had a bid rejected for Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller, with Van Gaal said to have offered a phenomenal £45 million for the Germany international. The forward was a star at this summer's World Cup, and his consistency has attracted the attention of the Red Devils.