Man Utd have made Phil Jones ‘an immovable object’ in the transfer market
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Manchester United have made Phil Jones an immovable object in the transfer market.
The England international remains at the club despite the fact he clearly does not have a future in the first team.
Jones has made two Premier League appearances in two years and could be sixth-choice defender next year.
That is because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to sign a new centre-back, with several on his wish list.
Villarreal star Pau Torres, Sevilla ace Jules Kounde and Fiorentina's Nikola Milenkovic are all being looked at while Eric Bailly was handed a new contract last month, indicating he remains in the club's plans.
With Harry Maguire firmly top dog and Victor Lindelof likely to be relegated to third-choice as a result of an incoming arrival, that would nudge Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe down a spot.
For Jones, that would further slimmer his chances of ever playing for United again while according to the Daily Mail he has become an 'immovable object' due to his huge contract.
The former Blackburn star has spent 10 years at Old Trafford and was once heralded as one of their brightest talents by Sir Alex Ferguson.
But a combination of bad form and unfortunate injuries have seen Jones become the forgotten man.
Now aged 29, it brings to light one of the more bizarre decisions made by the Red Devils when they offered him a new contract worth £100,000-a-week in 2019.
At the time, it was clear his time was up at United but that deal has him tied to the club until 2023 on wages no one else would go near.
There has been interest in his services from Burnley and West Ham but neither are prepared to fork out even half of his salary with his fitness problems proving that would be a bit of bad business.
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