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Ratcliffe puts nine Man Utd stars up for sale but 13 could leave in huge overhaul

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, co-owner of Manchester United, aims to generate up to £100 million through player sales this summer to alleviate the club’s concerns regarding Financial Fair Play.

Last summer, the Red Devils splurged £170 million on transfers but managed to recoup only £50 million from the departures of Anthony Elanga, Dean Henderson, Fred, and Teden Mengi.

While the club’s shortcomings in recruitment have been widely noted, their lack of efficiency in offloading players has been equally problematic.

Throughout the club’s history, only five players—David Beckham, Daniel James, Romelu Lukaku, Angel Di Maria, and Cristiano Ronaldo—have been sold for fees exceeding £25 million.

At 71 years old, Ratcliffe envisions the upcoming transfer window as pivotal for the club’s rejuvenation in terms of acquiring new talent.

However, equally crucial is the need to offload surplus players from the squad. Ratcliffe seeks to raise £100 million to address the club’s Financial Fair Play concerns, which hindered Erik ten Hag from securing a striker in January.

According to reports from the Daily Mail, Manchester United has listed up to 11 players for sale, with the potential departure of up to 13 first-team members in a significant overhaul.

Players such as Casemiro, Jadon Sancho, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Mason Greenwood are deemed capable of commanding substantial transfer fees.

Victor Lindelof is available for transfer, and loaned players Facundo Pellistri, Hannibal Mejbri, and Alvaro Fernandez are also on the market.

Additionally, Anthony Martial, Tom Heaton, and Jonny Evans will leave upon the expiration of their contracts in June, while negotiations with Raphael Varane are ongoing.

Varane’s current contract concludes at the end of the season, and Manchester United did not exercise the option to extend it by 12 months. The possibility of triggering an extension remains, followed by potential offers for the Frenchman.

Sofyan Amrabat will return to Fiorentina once his loan spell concludes.

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