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Man Utd will have budget of just £20m if they miss out on Champions League

Manchester United will have a pre-sales budget of just £20 million this summer if they miss out on next season’s Champions League campaign, Daily Mail reports.

The Red Devils have endured a disappointing Premier League season, and they are currently six points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with just seven games left to play.

With Spurs also having a superior goal difference, United have their task cut out on making the top four. It seems improbable at the moment unless Spurs start dropping points.

Amidst this, Daily Mail reports that incoming boss Erik ten Hag could have an initial budget of just £20m if United don’t qualify for the Champions League next season.

Harry Kane, Declan Rice, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Aurelien Tchouameni, Yves Bissouma and Jurrien Timber are among top targets, but none could be pursued as things stand.

Our view:

United have a busy summer ahead. Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, and Lee Grant could leave on free transfers when their contracts expire on June 30.

That would save more than £500,000-a-week in wages. This amounts to £26.2m annually, but the sum could be easily spent on the salaries of summer arrivals.

Hence, Ten Hag may need to offload some high-profile players, who have been on the fringes of the first-team. Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Anthony Martial could be shown the exit door.

Donny van de Beek is another player, who has barely made an impact since his arrival from Ajax in 2020. Ten Hag could revive his career, but it won’t be a surprise if the Dutchman is sold.

Meanwhile, the club also have a big decision to make over the future of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently the highest earner in the Premier League at around £510,000-a-week.

The Portugal international has not played outside of the Champions League in Europe for the past two decades, and could be tempted to move on during this summer’s transfer window.

He has fared well in his homecoming with 18 goals, but there are question marks over his adaptability to Ten Hag. If a world-class player of Harry Kane’s calibre arrives, Ronaldo could make way.

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