It looks as though Jose Mourinho will sell before he buys in January.
Jose Mourinho tends to be rather clinical in his assessment of players, in that he very quickly decides whether or not he want’s to keep them.
Quite often, the Portuguese manager makes his mind up before even joining a club, as is the case with Bastian Schweinsteiger. However it would appear that Mourinho is losing patience with a number of the players at his disposal and is realising the scale of the task that lays ahead.
In fact, if Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly were not injured, how much game time would the likes of Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind actually get.
As a result, it comes a little surprise to see a number of players not just been moved toward the exit door, but effectively escorted out.
It seems Memphis Depay is set to become the first player to be ushered out of Old Trafford, with numerous clubs now being linked with a move for the Dutch winger.
Italy looks the most likely destination for the winger, after the The Mirror reported that AC Milan were willing to part with £25 million for Depay, and the Independent claimed that both Roma and Lille have registered an interested in the Dutch international.
Although such a valuation may seem a little high, according to The Metro, United are unwilling to post a loss on the player and are set to reject an expected £15 Million approach from Galatasaray.
Another player who looks set to leave Old Trafford is Matteo Darmian. Had Valencia not fractured his right arm, the Italian right back would be watching United from the stands over the coming weeks.
Nevertheless, despite his promotion by proxy, Darmian is almost certain to join Depay in Italy in January.
During early September the Independent reported Juventus were willing to pay £17 million for the defender, a transfer fee that would see United make an unlikely £5 million profit.
In late October, The Star then claimed that Inter Milan had agreed to take Darmian off United’s hands, but didn’t quote a potential transfer fee.
The third player Mourinho is all too eager to be rid of is Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is being paid a massive £150,000 per week for effectively doing nothing.
A move to the MLS is the most likely outcome, with FC Dallas said to be interested according to The Sun.
In any event, if all three transfers do come to pass, United would have £42 million available to them in January, enough to buy someone like Antonio Rudiger, who the Daily Mail believe is available for £35 million from Roma.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena