Phil Jones is reportedly a summer transfer target for Stoke with his Manchester United future uncertain.
The 24-year-old is not part of new boss Jose Mourinho’s plans going forward. And following Jones’ injury problems last season at Old Trafford, United could be open to letting him leave.
According to The Sun, Mark Hughes wants to bring the England international to Stoke on loan. A move to the Britannia Stadium may appeal to Jones who is set to lack regular game time at United this term.
Mourinho has brought in £30million signing Eric Bailly at centre-half to partner Chris Smalling, while Daley Blind has featured in United’s opening two Premier League games.
Ex-Blackburn man Jones, who cost £16.5m back in 2011, has shown his versatility in the past by playing right-back, but Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are preferred in that role.
United have Europa League games to contend with which could offer Jones game time with Mourinho set to rotate his squad.
However, a spell at Stoke could help regain his place in the England set-up under Sam Allardyce, although an official approach from the Potters is yet to be made.
Jones has already commented on the club’s website that Mourinho has ‘stamped his authority on the squad’ in preparation for the new season. It looks like the Preston-born defender himself could soon be a victim of Mourinho’s upheaval.
Jones was brought to Old Trafford by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011 for £16.5million, and has since gone on to make 92 league appearances for the Red Devils, along with gaining 20 caps for England.