Can United land a transfer fee for unsellable Phil Jones?
Manchester United defender Phil Jones seems to be unsellable despite the imminent arrival of French defender Raphael Varane to Old Trafford.
The 29-year-old center-back has not featured for the Red Devils in 18 months after falling out of favor and down the pecking order at the club before sustaining a long-term knee injury. This is not the case with four other center-backs who have been handed opportunities by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Jones still has two years left on his contract with Man United but will see his chances to play for the Red Devils become slimmer when Varane officially joins from Real Madrid this summer in a deal worth £42million.
Meanwhile, a report by Manchester Evening News claims that Jones is not able to attract a transfer fee due to the injury that has kept him out of action for 13 months with his contract set to expire in June 2023.
It can be recalled that the defender put pen to paper on a four-year deal during the 2018/19 season, a few months after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as Man United boss after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.
Jones, 29, currently earns £4million-a-year but has not played for Manchester United the 6 nil FA Cup victory over Tranmere Rovers at the beginning of 2020.
However, he was pictured on the trip with the squad for their pre-season tour of Scotland last week. The defender first fell out of favor after the likes of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire made cases for themselves as first-choice center-halves while Axel Tuanzebe and Eric Bailly settled as backups for the positions.
With this development, Jones is likely to seek a move away from the club this summer. Reports have linked him with a move to West Ham on a free transfer but it remains to be seen if this would be the case eventually.
A reunion with David Moyes at West Ham could be on the cards although Man United would be keen to receive an offer with a transfer fee as it would be an economically viable option for them.