Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will be told to sell a number of players if he wants to add to his squad in January.
Officials at the Old Trafford board has reportedly revealed their intentions to control costs before sanctioning more outlay on new signings, after Mourinho has spent £285m on transfer fees on six major signings during his two years at the club.
While sixteen first-team squad members have left since Mourinho took charge in May 2016, only the £16m sale of Memphis Depay and the £22m departure of Morgan Schneiderlin generated significant income.
High-earners Wayne Rooney and Bastian Schweinsteiger have also left the club, but their parting left United without any profit gained as both left on free transfers.
It would also factor in the calculations of United’s board that their most recent financial results, released in September, showed that their wage bill had risen by 13.5% to £263.5m.
Amongst the likely departures are defender Luke Shaw, who cost United £27m in 2014 but has started in only four Premier League games in 12 months through a combination of injury and poor form, and has not started this season either.
The future of Marouane Fellaini is also remains unclear; the Belgian midfielder’s contract with United will be expiring in the summer and, like Rooney and Schweinsteiger, he will be free to negotiate with overseas clubs in January.
Meanwhile, Manchester United is left eight points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City after their defeat at the hands of Chelsea.