Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal has told Tom Cleverley to look for a new club.
According to the London Evening Standard, Van Gaal has informed Cleverley that he's not in his plans for the new season and is free to leave the club. Japanese international Shinji Kagawa has also been told that he is surplus to requirements, with Atletico Madrid interested.
Cleverley, 25, was handed the captain's armband on the club's preseason tour of the United States. But the England international's confidence has been shattered, with United fans often greeting his name on the team sheet with a groan.
Initially in favour under Sir Alex Ferguson, Cleverley's form fell off a cliff last season under David Moyes and it doesn't look like he'll get a chance at Old Trafford under Van Gaal.
Clear out beginning
The Dutchman has begun his clear out of the fringe players at Manchester United. Nani has left on loan for Sporting Lisbon, while Anderson has also been linked with a return to Portugal. Porto and Sporting are interested in the Brazilian midfielder.
Cleverley, who made 22 Premier League appearances and scored one goal last season, could be the next to go with Kagawa to follow.
More additions needed
But United fans will be more interested to see who Van Gaal brings in as we approach the final 10 days of the summer transfer window. The capture of Marcos Rojo from Sporting strengthens a back-line that looked shaky against Swansea on opening day.
But further reinforcements in midfield are needed, especially in central midfield if Cleverley is allowed to depart. Arturo Vidal is the top target, although Van Gaal may wait to land Kevin Strootman in the January transfer window as the Dutch midfielder is currently recovering from a serious knee injury.
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