Old Trafford boss to make sweeping changes this summer ahead of renewed spending on new additions.
Sir Alex Ferguson will this summer look to trim his Old Trafford squad as he looks to bring in new additions as the Scot makes long term plans having secured a promise of significant funds for investment by Man United’s owners.
Having seen Chelsea and Man City spent huge sums putting together their expansive squads Ferguson has spent fairly moderate sums in recent transfer windows but is looking to bring in three or four new names and has begun that task by sealing deals to bring in Japanese international Shinji Kagawa earlier this month in a deal that could rise to £17m and Crewe Alexandra youngster Nick Powell.
Ferguson has drawn up a list of prospective targets but the budget for such moves has led to the Man United board to request that a number of players are offloaded to help balance the books with UEFA’s FFP (Financial Fair Play) guidelines beginning to bite in 2012/13.
The Man United manager has had several close-season meetings with assistant Mike Phelan and first team coach Rene Meulensteen to discuss which players they would be willing to listen to offers for. Though the club’s wage bill has been reduced following the release of Michael Owen and Tomasz Kuszczak and the sale of youngsters Ritchie de Laet and Matty James the Premier League side are ready to make further cuts to their squad.
Nani is the most high profile of those Ferguson is ready to sell. Though the Portuguese international has to some extent come out of the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo the Man United boss is unwilling to meet the 25 year old’s new contract demands and could use the opportunity to open the winger up for offers.
PSG are already interested and if the right offer is made then Ferguson is ready to sell.