Manchester United are facing an exodus of players from Old Trafford that could hit double figures before the start of next season.
Morale at the club is at a low point after interim boss Ralf Rangnick inherited a divided dressing-room from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with a staggering total of 17 players said to be unhappy.
Many of them – including several stars – are under contract and will not be allowed to leave, but there is still expected to be a significant number of departures over the next eight months.
Anthony Martial (left) and Paul Pogba are two of 17 players who could leave Man United soon
Edinson Cavani cannot leave Old Trafford this month but will be a free agent in the summer
Ralf Rangnick knows he has a divided dressing room after holding individual talks
Rangnick has become aware of the situation following a series of meeting with players to discuss their futures.
Anthony Martial will leave on loan this month if Sevilla improve their opening loan offer, and is set to move permanently in the summer.
Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard have shown no inclination to renew their contracts which are due to run out at the end of June, enabling both to leave on free transfers and deal United a huge financial blow.
Edinson Cavani has been told that he cannot leave in January but he will also be a free agent in the summer along with Juan Mata who has options to go out on loan to Spain and MLS this month.
Donny van de Beek, Dean Henderson and Eric Bailly are all unhappy over a lack of playing time and are open to moves at the end of the season.
Donny van de Beek (right) is unhappy at his lack of playing time and is open to a move away
Although Phil Jones played for the first time in two years against Wolves on Monday, he turns 30 next month and wants regular football. The former England defender has been linked with a loan to Benfica.
Nemanja Matic, Fred and Diogo Dalot will all enter the final year of their contracts in the summer, although United have the option to extend Fred and Dalot’s deals by another 12 months.
Dalot spent last season on loan at AC Milan and faced an uncertain future at United, but has so far been given more of a run under Rangnick.
Axel Tuanzebe is also under contract until 2023 with the option of a 12-month extension. However, after spending the first half of the season at Aston Villa, he joined Napoli on loan on Wednesday.
The Italian club will pay a £500,000 loan fee and potentially the same again in bonuses, although it’s understood there is no option to buy at this stage.
Centre back Phil Jones wants regular football and has been linked with a loan to Benfica
Source: DailyMail Sports