Manchester United transfer news: Latest January window updates as Red Devils explore Tielemans, Dumfries deals


Manchester United supporters likely came away with a positive impression from the first half of the club’s first season under new manager Erik ten Hag, feeling that one or two key acquisitions in January could allow them to make a Top 4 push and return to the UEFA Champions League.

Life under Ten Hag has been bumpy at times, but the team continue to rack up wins, most recently a 2-1 win over rivals Manchester City as the Red Devils sit fourth in the Premier League table, and they’re also into the EFL Cup semifinals after seeing off Charlton Athletic.

The January window offers a chance to bolster the squad and fill glaring holes in their lineup. United have questions regarding their current midfield, as Christian Eriksen’s deployment in a deeper role, alongside Casemiro, has produced mixed results.

Recent news of British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s firm Ineos officially declaring an interest in buying the club has also gathered pace. With the Glazer family looking to sell, Ineos said the company had “formally put ourselves into the process.” 

Boyhood United fan Ratcliffe, who lodged an unsuccessful £4.25bn offer to buy Chelsea last year, is currently ranked the 27th wealthiest person in the UK on the Sunday Times Rich List.

Latest Manchester United transfers

Players in

Date Player Club Details
 Jan 6. 2023   Jack Butland  Crystal Palace  Loan until summer 2023
 Jan 13. 2023   Wout Weghorst  Burnley  Loan until summer 2023

Players out

Date Player Club Details
Nov 22. 2022 Cristiano Ronaldo Free agent Contract termination
Jan 1. 2023 Martin Dubravka Newcastle Newcastle recalled from loan 

Latest Manchester United transfer news, rumours

The Sporting News brings you a full roundup of all the latest Man United transfer news in the January window.

There are questions regarding United’s financial power during this transfer window, as the Glazer family are actively seeking to sell the club. They could tighten the purse strings in the hope of keeping the books clean for a sale.

Nonetheless, Man United continue to be linked with some of the stars of the most recent World Cup.

  • Dortmund are among teams interested in loan signing of Anthony Elanga (talkSPORT)
  • United considering Emiliano Martinez to replace David de Gea (Football Insider)
  • PSG are looking to make a move for Man United midfielder Fred (Express)
  • United are preparing to submit a bid for Lyon full-back Malo Gusto (Media Foot)

MORE: Timeline of return for Manchester United players from World Cup rest

Red Devils target Spanish replacement for de Gea

United are reportedly putting plans in place to source a long term replacement for David de Gea.

De Gea’s current Old Trafford deal expires in June, with United undecided over activating a 12-month extension clause, due to his inconsistent performances this season.

According to rumors from the Daily Telegraph, United are considering his Spanish colleague David Raya as a option, if they can tempt Brentford into a summer sale.

Raya is a crucial player for Brentford, but United’s offer of European football could change the picture, if they match the Bees minimum valuation of £35m.

United exploring deals for Dumfries, Tielemans

While the insistence from United’s end has been that only loan signings were likely in this window, the rumours continue to persist.

Thomas Alencar of Vavel, citing Sacha Tavolieri, says the Red Devils are one of the teams interested in Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans. The scouting department is said to consider him an appropriate replacement for Donny van de Beek, who will miss the rest of the season with injury.

United are also said to be pursuing a new right-back, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s future uncertain. Tuttomercatoweb reports that they, along with Chelsea, are the main contenders to sign Inter’s Denzel Dumfries in this transfer window. Inter’s price tag of €40 million has apparently put off Bayern Munich, making the Premier League the most likely destination for the Netherlands international.

While any United spending this month will likely depend on selling one or two players, it is possible they will look to pounce should either of these deals look promising.

Weghorst loan deal confirmed 

Wout Weghorst has signed for United on loan until the end of the season with the deal officially confirmed on Friday night.

A deal to bring in the Burnley striker had been held up as Besiktas, who had taken the striker on a season-long deal last summer, negotiated his departure and looked for a replacement.

According to Fabrizio Romano, United will pay €3m (£2.7m/$3.2m) to Besiktas as compensation, and will cover his Burnley wages, meaning a total outlay in the region of €4.5m (£4m/$4.8m) for the Red Devils.

He could now make his debut against Crystal Palace on January 18.

MORE: Why Wout Weghorst loan to Manchester United makes sense

Rio Ferdinand: Harry Kane to come in, Harry Maguire to leave

Former United captain Rio Ferdinand has made his view clear on the futures of centre-back Harry Maguire and potential transfer target Harry Kane.

“Harry Maguire’s got to move,” the pundit told his Vibe with Five channel, after Ten Hag picked Luke Shaw at centre-half ahead of the England star. “I think he stays, because of the amount of games, and they can’t get someone else in. He plays in the cup games.”

Ferdinand apologised to Tottenham fans as he added that top scorer Harry Kane should join United because he is not going to win silverware with Spurs.

“You’re going to have to pay big money for Harry Kane,” said Ferdinand.

“But at least you’re getting a man who gets 20-25 goals a season. So, Kane can’t be going anywhere but Man United.”

Maguire has continued to play a minor role under ten Hag since the start of 2023, but the Dutchman prefers to keep him at the club this season, with reports from the Daily Mail indicating United rejected a loan offer from West Ham for the defender.

Jack Butland completes loan move 

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland completed a loan move to Old Trafford until the end of the season.

Following Newcastle’s decision to recall Martin Dubravka on New Year’s Day from his loan spell, ten Hag needed of a new No.2, to support David de Gea.

The Red Devils announced Butland’s arrival on January 6, with the 29-year-old yet to feature for the Eagles this season, and his contract expiring in the summer.

Watch Manchester United in Premier League 2022/23

Region TV Streaming
Australia  — Optus Sport
Canada  —

fuboTV

Hong Kong  — Now TV
India Star Sports Disney+, Hotstar, JioTV
Malaysia Astro SuperSport Astro Go
New Zealand Sky Sport Sky Sport Now, Sky Go
Singapore StarHub StarHub TV+
UK Sky Sports, BT Sport NOW TV, Sky Go, Amazon Prime
USA USA Network,
Telemundo, Universo
fuboTV, Peacock

UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.

USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.

Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via fuboTV in Canada.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport

India: Star Sports network has the rights to show Premier League matches in India. As well as an English broadcast on Star Sports Select, select matches will be available via regional feeds on Star Sports 3 (in Bengali, English, Kannada, Malayalam), Star Sports 1 (Bangla) and Star Sports 1 (Tamil).

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