Former England International and Manchester United outcast Phil Jones could be on his way out of the club in January, with Burnley among the favourites to sign the centre-back.
Signed by the Red Devils in 2011, under the reign of legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for an undisclosed fee believed to be at least $21.2 million, the versatile defender became an integral part of their campaign in that year, scoring his first-ever senior goal in December 2011, in a 1-0 win against Aston Villa and quickly becoming one of Sir Alex’s most trusted men in defence.
But recurring injuries and poor performances on the pitch saw him fall down the pecking order at Man Utd and also the England squad. The 28-year old is, in football terms, at his prime at this age and surely would be looking for a resurgence in his footballing career and now there are rumours about Burnley being interested in signing him as a potential replacement for 40 million pounds worth James Tarkowski, who’s eagerly being pursued by West Ham.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche has already shortlisted Jones for a possible loan spell, but that deal may be under threat amid a planned takeover of the club. Egyptian businessman Mohamed El Kashany along with lawyer Chris Farnell, however, are planning on a 200 million pound takeover which may result in the Clarets no longer have to sell their prized defender and look for options elsewhere.
That would then leave Phil Jones stuck at United, on a 100k pound salary but getting no game time as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will only make matters worse for Jones by signing defensive reinforcements in the transfer window. There would still, of course, be offers on the table from Championship sides if he chooses to take that route back to playing competitive football.
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