Manchester United finally appear ready to offload defensive disappointment Phil Jones, with Premier League rivals Liverpool and Arsenal reportedly monitoring the situation.
Jones has yet to feature for manager José Mourinho this season and is currently sidelined with yet another injury, this time a knee problem.
Having arrived at Old Trafford back in 2011, the now 24-year-old was hailed by Sir Alex Ferguson as a future star for the club, potentially the ‘greatest player in Manchester United’s history’. Since then, the decline of the promising defender has been both swift and startling.
Under new boss Mourinho, Jones has seen his prospects of first team football diminish to the point where now, according to the Express, a United source claims the end is near for the former Blackburn player.
“José is looking to offload Jones. They have reached the end of the line with him. Arsenal have asked about him in the past along with Chris Smalling, and they are keeping an eye on his situation.”
“He cannot stay fit and that is why United tried to sign Jose Fonte from Southampton in the summer.”
It is further reported that in addition to Arsenal expressing an interest in the hapless England international, Liverpool are also rumoured to be interested in developments at Old Trafford.
It is thought that if he were to be made available, a fee of £10 million would seal the deal. However, given the defenders propensity for injury, you might well assume that there is cut-price deal there to be done.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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