With focus firmly fixed on the potential arrival of Paul Pogba, there has been credible reports of potential outgoings from Manchester United.
Guillermo Varela and Tyler Blackett are reportedly set to find themselves on the chopping block as Jose Mourinho looks to streamline his new squad, according to Sky Sports News.
They claim the Special One has deemed the pair “surplus to requirements” in his backline.
While Blackett never truly staked a claim for a long-term place in the team, Varela’s departure will come as a surprise to many. His performances in the latter half of the season just passed saw him gain many suitors. His attacking prowess in particular, constantly impressed the fan-base.
However, there is positive news for some of United’s young generation, Sky’s report adds:
“Mourinho remains keen to promote young players from the club’s academy, and has identified central defender Axel Tuanzebe and full-back Timothy Fosu-Mensah as stronger options to be involved in the first team.”
That will come as music to supporters’ ears, easing fears that the Portuguese would neglect the heritage of United. The news that Timothy Fosu-Mensah has a place in his new manager’s plans will surely please many fans. The Dutchman had a brilliant cameo in the final third of the season, leading to calls for “Timbo” to start come the the opening weekend of the next season.