Manchester United endured mixed fortunes during the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils strengthened Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad by signing Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles, Edinson Cavani and Facundo Pellistri, but failed to land top target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
Now, following an inconsistent start to the season, the club’s recruitment team will be exploring possible targets to pursue in January.
Amad Diallo is already set to join from Atalanta, but United know how a marquee signing can breathe new life into the squad halfway through the season following Bruno Fernandes’ impact after his arrival from Sporting Lisbon.
With six weeks to go until the January transfer window opens, we round up the latest Manchester United rumours.
Jimenez confirms United interest
Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez has confirmed that United made an approach to sign him over the summer.
The Mexico international has been a major success story at Molineux, scoring 44 goals in all competitions across the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons.
United and Juventus were both linked with the 29-year-old, who says he was never close to leaving Wolves despite overtures from potential suitors.
“One day I woke up and Juventus wanted me, another Manchester United and what I know is that there were approaches made,” Jimenez, who signed a new four-year deal with Wolves in October, told TUDN .
“But an agreement was never reached and nothing was close. I’m very happy at Wolves.
“The truth is I am very happy in Wolverhampton. It’s never wrong to be in a place where you are well but they know that I am not satisfied [with my form], I always look for more.
“It [a move] did not happen this time. If it happens at some point then it will have to be what is best for me, for Wolves and the team that I join.”
United one of four clubs interested in Calhanoglu
Manchester United face competition in the race to sign AC Milan playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu, according to Tuttosport .
The Turkey international, whose Milan contract expires in 2021, is also wanted by Juventus, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.
Calhanoglu’s agent is said to have become disgruntled with the lack of progress over a new deal at the San Siro, prompting him to gauge potential interest in his client.
The 26-year-old enjoyed his most productive year with Milan last season, scoring nine goals and adding nine assists to help Stefano Pioli’s men reach the Europa League.
Overmars talks up potential new challenge
United will be on red alert following comments from Ajax director of football Marc Overmars, who hinted that he may be open to a new challenge.
As per The Mirror’s Simon Mullock , Overmars fits the bill to take on the director of football job at Old Trafford with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward yet to appoint someone to oversee the club’s transfer strategy.
Former Arsenal winger Overmars has performed that role impressively at Ajax under chief executive Edwin van der Sar, who spent six years as United’s goalkeeper between 2005 and 2011.
“When I was appointed in this job at Ajax I knew I only wanted to stay for three or four years maximum,” said Overmars.
“I have been here eight seasons now! For me – but just as much for Edwin – it is sure that we are not going to carry on here until we are 60.
“This job at Ajax is costing too much energy. The whole of the Netherlands is constantly on my back and has an opinion about us. The job has brought a lot of great things too. Edwin and I are proud that we have brought Ajax back where it should be in Europe.”
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