Phil Jones could leave for free

Exclusive – Manchester United are ready to let Phil Jones leave on a free transfer in order to facilitate a move for him this summer.

The 29-year-old is one of a number of squad players who will be allowed to leave Old Trafford, but he is a player United are particularly eager to find a new club for.

90min understands that one reason United want Jones to move on is that they want to bring in at least one new central defender, if not two – with Raphael Varane closing on a move to Old Trafford.

Jones has not played a Premier League game for United since January 2020, and is effectively surplus to requirements. However, he still has two years left on a contract that is worth well in excess of £100,000-a-week – which has proven a real sticking point when the Red Devils have attempted to move him out on loan over the past 12 months.

A number of clubs are keen on Jones, but they are reticent for him to take one of just two loan slots. Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce is a confirmed fan of Jones, and is one of those convinced that the 27-cap England international still has a lot to offer at the top level.

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