Manchester United supporters likely came away with a positive impression from the first half of their 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 get back into the UEFA Champions League.
Life under Ten Hag has been bumpy at times, but the team continues to rack up results as the Red Devils sit fifth in the Premier League table with realistic hopes of qualifying for Europe’s top club competition.
The January transfer window offers a new chance to bolster the squad and fill holes in the lineup. United, like many other top Premier League teams, have questions regarding the current midfield makeup, as Christen Eriksen’s deployment in a deeper role alongside Casemiro has produced mixed results. The biggest need, however, is at striker, with the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Red Devils also may look to offload some excess weight at winger, with Antony and Marcus Rashford in good form plus positive signs from young Anthony Elanga and Alejandro Garnacho. But Jadon Sancho continues to struggle.
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Latest Manchester United transfer news, rumors
The Sporting News brings you a full roundup of all the latest Manchester United transfer news as the January window approaches.
There are questions regarding Manchester United’s financial flexibility during this transfer window, given the Glazer family is actively seeking to sell the club. They could seek to tighten the purse strings in the hopes of keeping the books clean for the sale.
Nonetheless, Man United continue to be linked with some of the stars of the most recent World Cup.
- Man United will have to set a new transfer record to sign Enzo Fernandez (The Sun)
- Dutchman Erik ten Hag going “all out” for PSV’s Cody Gakpo (Alex Crook)
- PSG are looking to make a move for Man United midfielder Fred (Express)
MORE: Timeline of return for Manchester United players from World Cup rest
Man United renew Frenkie de Jong interest
The Frenkie de Jong saga through the summer of 2022 was long, arduous, and ultimately fruitless for Manchester United as they failed to convince the Dutch midfielder to make the move.
According to Graeme Bailey of 90min, Man United remain interested in De Jong and are attempting to reignite their pursuit this winter.
De Jong began this season as a backup at Barcelona, coming off the bench in three of the team’s first four matches, but has grown into a more consistent role as the season progressed. He started in eight of the team’s last 10 league matches, and was a key component of the Netherlands squad in the 2022 World Cup.
The 90min report claims that while De Jong held publicly that he never entertained the move to Old Trafford last summer, the actual roadblock was “Barcelona’s repayment of millions of euros in deferred wages throughout the pandemic period back to De Jong,” and this yet unresolved issue remains the biggest barrier to securing a move.
Barça president Laporta on de Jong and Man United: “I’ve never wanted to sell Frenkie de Jong. He has to be a pillar of the team”, tells BarçaTV 🚨🇳🇱 #MUFC
“January signings? We did the work in the summer. There are no indications of having to do any deal now”. #FCB pic.twitter.com/iocIowEjBX
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 22, 2022
Manchester United have competition for Alexis Mac Allister
Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister had a sensational World Cup, becoming an unexpected component of the Argentina title run. This has caused a flurry of rumors to pop up around the 23-year-old midfielder who has scored five goals in 14 Premier League appearances so far this season.
Mac Allister just recently signed a new Brighton contract in October that runs through the summer of 2025, but that may not be enough to ward off outside interest. According to Spanish tabloid Fichajes, there is interest on the Manchester United side that could play out this winter.
The report states there will be serious competition from Arsenal for Mac Allister’s signature, and this could be a continuing saga through the entire winter window.
🚨#EXCL • Manchester United and Arsenal are monitoring the situation of Brighton’s Argentine player Alexis Mac Allister.
🇦🇷 🟦 #BHAFC 🟥 #MUFC 🟥 #AFC pic.twitter.com/kAip3vnU25
— Ekrem KONUR (@Ekremkonur) December 20, 2022
Man United considering Emiliano Martinez as De Gea replacement
According to a report by Football Insider, there is “concrete interest” from Manchester United’s camp in Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
‘Dibu’ starred for Argentina in their World Cup title run, becoming a central figure in a pair of penalty shootouts against the Netherlands in the quarterfinals and in the final against France. He also made a massive save late in the final against Randal Kolo Muani that kept the game level and helped Argentina lift the trophy.
Other reports state that contract talks with current starter David de Gea remain “ongoing,” but with the Spaniard’s deal expiring this summer, there is the possibility that Man United move on from their longtime goalkeeper.
De Gea was not part of the Spain squad at the 2022 World Cup, a further indication that his perceived poor form has caught up with him for both country and perhaps his club.
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