Dundee United manager Craig Brewster is planning a clear-out of experienced players, BBC Sport understands.
Derek McInnes has one year left on his United contract
Three of the club's highest earners - Paul Ritchie, Derek McInnes and David Fernandez - have all been told they have no future at Tannadice.
Former Celtic forward Fernandez arrived on a three-year deal last August.
Midfielder McInnes and former Scotland defender Ritchie, who have both skippered the club this term, have one year to run on their contracts.
Dundee United have won just twice since Brewster replaced the sacked Gordon Chisholm in January.
Releasing the players prematurely will not be cheap, but it appears the manager has his sights set on rebuilding his squad for next season.
McInnes, 34, who can count Morton, Rangers and West Bromich Albion among his former clubs, has been at United for three years.
And ex-Hearts and Rangers centre-half Ritchie, 30, arrived on Tayside in the summer of 2004.
Spaniard Fernandez, 32, has played 29 games since his switch to United and has scored seven times.