Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal has approached the club’s hierarchy and spoken to them about various players, regarding contract renewals and sales Getty Images

Manchester United will reportedly listen to offers for defender Rafael da Silva at the end of the current campaign.

According to the Telegraph, Louis van Gaal has approached the club's hierarchy and spoken to them about various players, regarding contract renewals and sales.

The report claims that the manager has spoken to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about as many as ten players, including Rafael, Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and David de Gea.

The Brazilian defender will enter the final 12 months of his contract at the end of the current campaign and with United showing plenty of interest in Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, it is believed that the manager will allow Rafael to leave the club.

The 24-year-old full-back has not played in the first-team since United's FA Cup third round win over Yeovil town and his future at the club looked bleak the moment the Dutch manager announced that Paddy McNair can be the club's right-back for the next 10 years.

Apart from Rafael, other defenders at the club, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are also entering the final year of their contracts and it is believed that only the former among the three is in danger of getting the axe.

The club is yet to make any decision on handing out new contracts to first-team players, whose contracts expire at the end of this season or next.

The club have handed out new contracts to young prospects Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett and Reece James recently and there are a few more players expected to join the bandwagon in the coming weeks.

Michael Carrick, who is in the final few months of his contract, is expected to be handed a one-year extension to his current deal after impressing the manager following his return from injury.

Ashley Young, who played instead of Luke Shaw in the left wing-back position is also expected to be handed a new deal, but midfielder Tom Cleverley, who is on-loan at Aston Villa has reportedly been asked to find a new club at the end of the current campaign as his contract expires in June.

Summer signing Radamel Falcao, who arrived from Monaco on a season long loan has been struggling to convince the club's hierarchy over making his deal permanent, but most reports suggest that the club will send him back to his parent club once the season is over.

Talking about forwards, Robin van Persie, who will enter the final year of his deal, is yet to be offered an extension, as he continues to struggle for form and fitness this season. On the other hand, Javier Hernandes, who is on-loan at Real Madrid will be sold at the end of the season if the Spanish club decline to make his deal permanent.

Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard will most likely be sold at the end of the current campaign, but the future of David de Gea remains up in the air following conflicting reports regarding his future destination.