As reported by The Sun, Jose Mourinho will axe a host of first team squad members this summer as he looks to improve on a trophy-less season at Manchester United.
This weekend’s FA Cup Final against Chelsea was United’s last chance to win silverware this season and they fell short. As a result, there is likely to be a period of serious soul searching for the club and their supporters as they try to figure out a way forward next season.
For Jose Mourinho it means selling a number of first team squad members this summer, to fund another foray into the transfer market.
The Sun report that Matteo Darmian, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Anthony Martial are all set for summer exits, generating more than £100m in cash.
The paper say that the club will look to sell Martial for £70m alone.
The report also states that Mourinho will be allowed to re-invest money made from player sales directly back into first team signings.
There’s no doubt that the pressure for Jose Mourinho to succeed next season will now be massive.
After a trophy-less season at Old Trafford, unrest is again growing about where the club are headed, especially with supporters not exactly being enamoured with the style of football Mourinho deploys.
They need a strong summer transfer window and while selling squad members he doesn’t rate is within his rights, it’ll be seen as a risk letting go of the likes of Anthony Martial, who remains popular with fans.
Everyone connected with the club will be hoping that this summer will be the one the Portuguese finally figures out the United puzzle, or it could be a dicey campaign next term.