Parker: Manchester United could sell Smalling and Jones due to FFP

by Sam Peoples

Paul Parker feels Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are both ‘saleable assets’ and could be let go by Manchester United in order to balance the books in the summer.

Smalling recovered his season well following a red card away to Manchester City and is now a real asset to United’s defence and at certain points this season, Jones has been very assured at the heart of defence.

Despite their improvements, Parker believes they are both dispensable for Louis van Gaal.

“United could sell Chris Smalling and Phil Jones to be on the right side of the Financial Fair Play regulations,” Parker said.

“Both defenders are saleable assets – they are young England internationals who should attract attention from many clubs.”

While theoretically United could sell Smalling and Jones as part of another squad reshuffle, any sale almost certainly wouldn’t have anything to do with Financial Fair Play regulations.

United’s revenue far outweighed its costs last year and with an the new £75m a year deal starting with Adidas, not to mention the increased TV revenue share and other regional sponsors, United are going to be in a very healthy financial position for the foreseeable future, albeit riddled with debt.

There are no guarantees for Jones and Smalling at United but if van Gaal is to let either go, it would simply be for footballing reasons rather than financial.

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