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
|Jan 6. 2023||Jack Butland||Crystal Palace||Loan until summer 2023|
|Jan 13. 2023||Wout Weghorst||Burnley||Loan until summer 2023|
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|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.
- Striker Charlie Savage is to be allowed to leave on loan (MEN)
- United will resist interest from Newcastle in Scott McTominay in January (The Athletic)
- Red Devils sounded out Antoine Griezmann last summer (Sky Sports)
United like Harry Kane but new Spurs deal possible
Manchester United have often been linked with Harry Kane and they are one of the few clubs in Europe for whom a move for the Tottenham star is possible: they have a glaring need for a new No.9, they will likely have the resources to test Spurs’ resolve to keep the striker, and they can offer Kane the chance to stay in England and pursue Alan Shearer’s Premier League goalscoring record.
The 29-year-old has also entered the final 18 months of his Spurs contract, meaning 2023 is likely to be the year when they will have to sell if they are to avoid losing him for nothing.
However, according to reports in England first put forward by David Ornstein of The Athletic, Kane is open to the idea of extending his contract with Spurs. Conversations are planned for after the January transfer window and, if he is happy with the club’s ambition, there is optimism that Kane could commit his future to the club.
Ten Hag holds ‘secret meeting’ over Marco Reus move
United are apparently considering the idea of signing Marco Reus in 2023.
The forward’s representatives were spotted attending the recent Manchester derby and Erik ten Hag is reported to have held discussions over the possibility of signing the Borussia Dortmund star.
Reus’ contract expires at the end of the season, making him a cost-effective way of adding extra strength in depth to the squad, much like Christian Eriksen was in 2022.
The 33-year-old has battled injury problems throughout his career, one of which kept him out of the Germany squad for the World Cup in Qatar, but he remains an undoubted top-class footballer.
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.
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