Manchester United transfer departures could free up £1m a week in wages – Richard Fay


Manchester United are often criticized for operating like a business rather than a football club, but this year they have the chance to reverse those roles by sanctioning four deals that could end up saving them a fortune.

Ralf Rangnick openly admitted that United have a squad that is already “a little too big”, although the club has been reluctant to part with players who have no immediate use for them.

Instead, they have acted like a petulant child who shows little interest in a toy until someone else comes along and wants to use it, with an odd reluctance to take advantage of peripheral players.

It’s a stark contrast to the other side of town, where Pep Guardiola sold Ferran Torres this month – a ruthless decision, but one he needed to make for the good of the team.

Such swift decision-making is rarely seen at United, but incoming chief executive Richard Arnold will be keen to ensure his reign, which begins after he replaces Ed Woodward next week, becomes synonymous with success and efficiency. .

An easy win would be for United to take a much more ruthless approach to player retention, and it’s a regime that could also benefit him on the financial side of the club.

The expected departures of Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard this week could free up as much as £350,000 a week from the current wage bill, while that could rise further if marginal options Phil Jones and Andreas Pereira leave at the end of the season.

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The quartet make approximately £500,000 a week in wages. If they all left permanently this summer, United could save half a million off their weekly salary bill, a staggering saving of £26m over the course of a whole calendar year.

Lingard’s contract is due to expire in the summer, which will at least change a hefty £100,000 of the weekly salary budget, but the club may need to sanction cut-price deals if they are to find buyers for Martial, Jones and Pereira.

Paul Pogba’s early summer exit would also free up £290,000 a week on current salary commitments, while it could also free up roughly another £300,000 a week if Edinson Cavani and Juan Mata don’t sign new deals and leave, as is the case. case. provided.

Manchester United could lose Paul Pogba for free in the summer when his contract expires.
Manchester United could lose Paul Pogba for free in the summer when his contract expires.

In total, that means United could end up with £1.1m less to spend a week on current players, although they would obviously have to spend wisely to replace those they would lose.

United accept that midfield is the ‘biggest problem’ in their squad as preparations for the summer transfer window continue, and that will only be amplified if Pogba does indeed leave Old Trafford as a free agent for the second time in his career.

Signing another attacking option is also thought to be high on the list given that Cavani, Lingard and Mata are likely to leave, although they probably only need one replacement rather than three given the exciting young talent already at the club.

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With United planning up to four signings in the summer transfer window, it’s crucial that they balance the books if they want to pursue top targets in all areas of the pitch.

Those players who are leaving will have an important role to play.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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