Man Utd face huge summer clear-out to balance books after financial woes

Man Utd will be forced to offload a number of stars this summer if they wish to invest further in the transfer market.

The Red Devils followed up their £135m outlay in the off-season by adding £67m star Bruno Fernandes to their ranks in January.

With United receiving less revenue from their lack of Champions League action, the Athletic report player sales will be imperative if the club wishes to make new acquisitions.

They state that United have just £100m available in the transfer kitty – a significant drop from the £308m they had previously.

The likes of on-loan stars Chris Smalling and Alexis Sanchez are both expected to be moved on permanently at the end of the season, while the futures of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic look uncertain.

Certainly the sale of Pogba would draw considerable funds, but United are reluctant to let the Frenchman leave.

United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward claims the club will take a "disciplined approach" to their summer business however, ruling out any rash spending.

"Despite being linked in the media to 111 players in January, our acquisition of just one of them – Bruno Fernandes – is an important step, demonstrating our commitment to adding experienced, world-class recruits to the exciting crop of academy graduates that are at the heart of this developing team," Woodward said.

"We will take the same planned, disciplined, approach this coming summer.

"In addition to the first team signings, somewhat under the radar, we have also made a number of exciting youth acquisitions in the past year, reflecting our commitment to bringing the best talent into our Academy."

United will also have to be wary of Financial Fair Play regulations, particularly if they fail to qualify for the Champions League again, with latest figures showing over an 11 per cent drop in revenues during a six-month period.

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