Phil Jones has an uncertain future at Manchester United this summer as he’s spent the last 18 months on the treatment table with a knee injury. The 29-year-old’s last appearance for United came at the beginning of last year, so the writing has been on the wall for some time.
90min say the Red Devils are ‘ready to let’ Jones leave as they have Raphael Varane ‘closing in’ on a move from Real Madrid and could cut £5.2m (£100k-per-week salary) from their annual wage bill by offloading the former. Newcastle are interested in Jones but it remains to be seen what they offer.
The 6ft England international joined United from Blackburn Rovers in 2011 and went on to make 224 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals with 10 assists. Jones has only featured eight times across the board in the last two seasons, however, so he’s surplus to requirements.
Varane looks to be coming in from Real and is expected to partner Harry Maguire at centre-back this coming season, so Jones would find himself behind five players – Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe.
90min add that Everton, West Ham United, Southampton, Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace and Burnley are willing to offer Jones an escape route, but it remains to be seen if they’ll match his lofty wages – paying £100k-a-week for a player that’s spent the best part of two years injured isn’t smart business.
Man Utd have been struggling to find a suitor for Jones and may consider releasing him two years before his contract expires. Time will tell.
It’s time for Jones to go. Not only is he struggling for fitness and playing time, the centre-back will be bottom of the pecking order when he does return.
Varane’s arrival all but ends his hopes of a miraculous comeback, so United should offer Jones out to save money on his wages and allow him the chance to get more opportunities.