New Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly set to offload as many as eight of his Red Devils in a bid to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford from Juventus.
According to reports in the Sun, Mourinho is looking to work with a core squad of 22 players in his first season.
Pogba, a £100m target for the Portuguese boss, will signal a red revolution, with Mourinho shaking things up since his arrival following Louis van Gaal’s exit.
The 23-year-old former United academy graduate is Mourinho’s fourth transfer target having completed the signings of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
A United source is quoted in the Sun stating that “Jose has made it clear he wants to work with 22 key players.
“It means up to eight players heading out.”
Marcos Rojo, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger are at risk of being cut out of Mourinho’s revolution, as the three-time Premier League winner looks to return Manchester United to the top of the pile for the first since Sir Alex Ferguson departed.
Meanwhile, the Sun also report that there is uncertainty over the future of Adnan Januzaj, who was loaned out to Borussia Dortmund last season, fans’ favourite Daley Blind and Spaniard Juan Mata.
Mata has been the subject of interest from Premier League rivals Everton. He has been linked with a move away from the club following Mourinho’s arrival in Manchester, as the Portuguese sold him to the Red Devils during his time as Chelsea boss.
Speculation also mounted when new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic appeared to reveal that he will be wearing the number ‘8’ shirt for the upcoming season.
According to the Sun, United face a head-to-head battle with Mourinho’s former club Real Madrid, for the signature of Pogba who could head to his new club as a European champion.