Man Utd could sell Raphael Varane AND Harry Maguire in major transfer clear-out this summer, says Ferdinand | The Sun
21st June 2022

RIO FERDINAND has suggested that Manchester United could sell at least two defenders in a huge transfer clear-out this summer.

The Red Devils are expected to undergo a complete squad revamp following another disastrous season.

And their back line is a key area to improve.

In conceding 57 Premier League goals in 2021-22, Man Utd endured their worst defensive season since the 1978-79 campaign (63).

As a result, Ferdinand believes new boss Erik ten Hag could sell any of the club's four main centre-backs, including Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane.

When speaking on his Vibe with Five YouTube show, the United legend said: "I'll be interested to see what Ten Hag does in that area.

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"We're talking about the young lad, Timber, at Ajax, a small centre-half.

"I'll be interested to see what happens with Varane, Lindelof and Maguire, Bailly as well, I think one or two of those will go."

The quartet cost the Red Devils a combined total of around £175million, but each of them have failed to perform consistently.

Ferdinand even suggested that Varane looked like a 'rabbit in headlights' during his first season at Old Trafford.

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Man Utd have already been linked with a number of players that could fill the position including Lisandro Martinez, although he is an alternative option to Jurrien Timber, who reportedly snubbed a movelast week.

Another option is Villarreal's Pau Torres, who has a £51m release clause of which the club have considered triggering.

The Red Devils have also expressed an interest in Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, but they face stiff competition from Premier League rivals Chelsea for his signature.

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