Tom Cleverley and Kagawa set for Manchester Utd exits

The end of summer sale at Old Trafford looks to have gotten underway with a number of top stars set for the exit door.

First up is Tom Cleverley, the much-maligned midfielder that appears to epitomise everything that is wrong with United in the last 18 months.

The England International is of course not to blame for United’s plight but the fact remains that he has not lived up the potential that saw him break into the squad under Sir Alex Ferguson.

A move away from Old Trafford has always appeared on the cards this summer with Everton, the traditional retirement home for Manchester United midfielders, appearing the most likely destination.

However rather surprisingly, Villa Park and not Goodison will be his final destination with Aston Villa believed to be closing in on a £8 million deal.

According to the Independent, Villa boss Paul Lambert has been given the go ahead to sanction the club’s biggest move in the transfer market since 2011.

Hull are also believed to be keen on a deal and will match the Villa offer but for now it would appear that the Midlands club are in pole positon.

Cleverley is set to be joined at the exit door by Shinji Kagawa with the Japanese star set to return to Borussia Dortmund.

While La Liga side Valencia are also keen on the player, Jurgen Klopp is hoping his offer of £8 million is enough to bring the player back to Germany.

Kagawa moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2012 but has failed to find the form that make him a fans favourite at Dortmund despite showing glimpses of his talent.

The departures from Old Trafford are expected to intensify over the weekend with Danny Welbeck another linked with a move away from the club.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.