Earlier this week, reports emerged that Jose Mourinho had given executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward a 13-man list of players he wants to sell this summer.
Widespread change was anticipated upon the Portuguese’s arrival as Manchester United manager and it seems such belief will transpire in the coming months.
Coinciding with an exodus at Old Trafford will likely be a number of top-quality signings made, with Eric Bailly’s £30 million move from Villarreal confirmed on Wednesday and Zlatan Ibrahimovic expected to sign imminently.
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The futures of a host of United players are now in doubt, and it would seem that Mourinho has earmarked the first player he intends to sell under his reign.
We suspect this will be the first of many.
The 26-year-old right-back only joined from Torino for £12 million last summer but it would seem that his short stay is about to be brought to an abrupt end.
Darmian endured a steady first season at the Theatre of Dreams, making 28 Premier League appearances and scoring one goal, but that doesn’t seem to be enough in Mourinho’s eyes.
Indeed, that seems to be the case for the majority of United’s current squad.
In the aforementioned 13-man list Mourinho handed to Woodward, per El Confidencial, he classed the following players as surplus to requirements: Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young, Guillermo Varela, Darmian, Memphis Depay, Luke Shaw, Sergio Romero, Marcus Rojo and Antonio Valencia.
David de Gea, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are reportedly the only four players safe.
On a brighter note, as previously mentioned, Mourinho has completed his first signing as United manager.
Ivory Coast international Bailly put pen to paper on a four-year deal to mark the dawn of new era at the Theatre of Dreams.
On his move to the 20-time league champions, the 22-year-old said: “It is my dream come true to be joining Manchester United. To play football at the highest level is all I have ever wanted to do.
“I want to progress to be the best that I can be and I believe working with Jose Mourinho will help me develop in the right way and at the right club.
“I am looking forward to meeting my new teammates and to starting this new chapter in my life.”
Mourinho has also had his say on the deal.
“Eric is a young central defender with great natural talent,” he began.
“He has progressed well to date and has the potential to become one of the best.
“We look forward to working with him to help nurture that raw talent and fulfil his potential. Eric is at the right club to continue his development."
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