From Bailly to Martial: Ten Hag taking no prisoners in Man Utd's big summer clear-out

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Manchester United are prepared to offload another nine players as part of Erik ten Hag's summer clear-out.

The Dutchman is targeting five signings in his first transfer window at the club – and wants to work with a leaner squad than predecessors Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

That will require a huge exodus before the start of the season, in addition to the high-profile departures of Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata already.

Eric Bailly and Phil Jones will both be allowed to leave, while Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka will have to impress their new manager in pre-season.

Ten Hag set out his plans during a transfer summit with football director, John Murtough, in Amsterdam in May.

They agreed a new regime was the perfect chance for a reset, with the exits of a host of players seen as key to the overhaul the former Ajax manager plans to implement at Old Trafford.

The number of high-earners who have come to the end of their contracts, with Pogba the most notable case, has aided Ten Hag’s squad revamp.

It will have a big impact on the wage bill, which should also give United more room for manoeuvre in what is expected to be their busiest summer in recent memory.

They are closing in on the £56 million ($68m) signing of Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona and have had a bid of £13m ($16m) for Tyrell Malacia accepted by Feyenoord.

Free agent Christian Eriksen has also been offered a contract.

Ajax forward Antony is a leading forward target, with clubmate Lisandro Martinez among the names Ten Hag is considering at centre-back along with Villarreal’s Pau Torres. Ten Hag is also an admirer of Inter right-back Denzel Dumfries.

But just as notable as the incomings, will be the departures in a summer of major change...

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    Eric Bailly

    The Ivory Coast international has failed to live up to expectations after becoming Mourinho’s first signing at United in a £30m ($36m) deal in 2016.

    He has been hampered by injuries for the majority of his time at the club – but his erratic performances have been a major factor in his failure to establish himself at the heart of defence.

    United are open to offers for the 28-year-old.

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    Aaron Wan-Bissaka

    There are major doubts as to whether the £50m right back will be suited to Ten Hag’s system, due to his weaknesses going forward.

    Diogo Dalot has been told he is part of the new manager’s plans, while Dumfries is a potential target.

    But Wan-Bissaka will be given the chance to impress in pre-season before a final decision is made.

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    Anthony Martial

    An underwhelming loan at Sevilla in the second half of last season has not helped to create a market for the France international.

    He is another, who Ten Hag wants to look at in pre-season.

    After missing out on top strike target, Darwin Nunez, United are short on attacking options, which could leave the door open for Martial.

    How much the player wants to remain at Old Trafford, is another matter.

    For now, Ten Hag is open-minded – but a serious bid could change that.

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    Phil Jones

    Sir Alex Ferguson infamously claimed Jones could become the club’s finest player.

    Those words have weighed heavily around his neck – but a much bigger issue has been his injury record over the past nine years.

    Unfairly ridiculed by supporters, now feels like the time for him to make a break, with United open to offers.

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    Alex Telles

    The arrival of Malacia will have a big impact on Telles, with the Feyenoord left back coming in to directly compete with Luke Shaw.

    While the Brazilian was given opportunities under Ralf Rangnick, Ten Hag believes the left side of defence is in need of strengthening, meaning he is likely to go if the right offer comes in.

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    Axel Tuanzebe

    There were high hopes for the academy graduate – but he has failed to kick on sufficiently to force his way into the first team picture.

    After a series of loans at Aston Villa and then Napoli, United are ready to sell this summer.

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    Dean Henderson

    A season-long loan has been agreed with Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest.

    Notably United refused to insert any option to buy, which leaves the door open to his return and the potential to challenge David de Gea for the No1 shirt.

    Should his loan at the City Ground go as well as previous spells at Sheffield United, he could yet convince Ten Hag he has a future at Old Trafford.

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    Andreas Pereira

    Fulham have bid £8.6m for the Brazilian, who was born in Belgium, and United will sell.

    A very talented midfielder, the 26-year-old has never managed to nail down a position at Old Trafford – and after numerous loans, there is an acceptance his future lies elsewhere.

    He has suggested he would rather stay at Flamengo, where he was on loan last season.

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    Brandon Williams

    Another whose first team opportunities are set to be directly impacted by Malacia.

    Spent last season on loan at Norwich and has been linked with permanent moves to Aston Villa and Forest.