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Anthony Elanga price drop shows Man Utd’s desperation to shift unwanted players

Manchester United are likely to offload multiple players during the upcoming transfer window as they look to secure more funds for the arrival of new signings.

Anthony Elanga is one of those expected to head for the exit door and Manchester Evening News claim that United have decided to reduce his asking price by half.

The club graduate was valued at £20 million in January but manager Erik ten Hag was reluctant to sanction his exit. He is now free to leave the club for £10m.

In our view, the significant price drop for Elanga suggests that the club are desperate to shift unwanted players at the earliest possibility to recoup transfer funds.

Elanga could be the first of many departures from Old Trafford. Alongside him, we could see Eric Bailly, Alex Telles, Brandon Williams and Harry Maguire heading out.

Meanwhile, United also have a big decision to make over the injury-prone Anthony Martial. We won’t be surprised if he is made available in the transfer market too.

As things stand, manager Erik ten Hag has no clarity over the transfer budget heading into the summer.

The Glazers put United up for sale in November last year but they have yet to make a final decision. Raine Group have already conducted three rounds of bidding.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim are the favourites to purchase the club but the Glazers continue to frustrate them with their reluctance to deliver a verdict.

In the worst case scenario, there may not be a takeover. This would put more pressure on United to offload fringe players for knockdown prices this summer.

The Glazers have not spent a single penny from their own pockets at United and that’s unlikely to change. This raises the need for sales to boost the transfer budget.

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