Rafael facing Man United exit as Louis van Gaal planning Old Trafford clearout
Manchester United will listen to offers for Rafael da Silva at the end of the season, with Louis van Gaal holding talks with senior figures this week over the Old Trafford futures of a further 10 players.
Van Gaal, the United manager, has spoken with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to discuss contract renewals and sales of players, including Rafael, David de Gea, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.
And with Rafael entering the final 12 months of his contract this summer and United maintaining a strong interest in Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne, Van Gaal is ready to sell the 24-year-old, who has not played since the FA Cup third-round win at Yeovil.
Rafael’s prospects have diminished with Van Gaal claiming that Paddy McNair could be “the United right-back for the next 10 years” after handing the 19-year-old a new contract earlier this month.
Decisions have yet to be made on a number of other first-team players whose contracts expire either this summer or next, however.
Michael Carrick, who will be 34 by the start of next season, is expected to be handed a one-year contract before his deal runs out in June, with Ashley Young also expected to earn a new deal to replace the final year of his contract. Falcao is struggling to convince that he merits a permanent move when his loan from Monaco expires in May, while Tom Cleverley, whose contract is up in June, has been told he can leave at the end of his season-long loan at Aston Villa.
Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are also entering the final year of their contract, with Evans understood to be most at risk of being sold this summer.
Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard is likely to be sold, while the club will also look to sell Javier Hernandez if Real Madrid decide against making his loan deal permanent at the end of the season.
Defender Tyler Blackett has been rewarded for breaking into the first team this season with a new contract tying him to United until June 2017.