The summer transfer window had barely closed when speculation started to swirl over who Manchester United might target in January. Indeed, many fans hope the Reds will be active when the window opens once again in just over six weeks’ time after the club missed out on a number of key transfers over the summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have endured a mixed start to the season. They have claimed impressive wins over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig, but are also winless at home in the league after four games. There is still a belief United could do with a number of additions in key areas. How likely are they to get them?
Here are three of today’s most noteworthy transfer stories concerning Manchester United.
United still hopeful of bringing drawn out Jadon Sancho saga to an end
Manchester United failed to sign Sancho after a drawn-out summer saga, but remain hopeful of striking a deal for the Borussia Dortmund winger next summer.
Sancho was identified by Solskjaer as his top target for the summer transfer window ahead of the 2020/21 season. However, the Old Trafford club failed to come close to Dortmund’s lofty valuation of the England international.
Spanish outlet Todofijaches insists there is still hope at United that Sancho will end up at the club next summer, with the player himself informing Dortmund of his desire to return to the Premier League.
This is the factor that will force Dortmund back into negotiations with Manchester United. While the Bundesliga outfit might not buckle in their €120 million asking price, they could accept Sancho’s inevitable exit.
Manchester United still working on key issue to finalise Amad Diallo deal
Manchester United are still in the process of securing a work permit for Amad Diallo ahead of the Italian teenager’s planned arrival at the club in January.
The Old Trafford club struck a deal with Atalanta for Diallo worth an initial £19 million rising to a potential £37 million on transfer deadline day, easing the blow of the failure to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
However, Diallo’s situation is a complicated one. As MEN Sport’s Samuel Luckhurst notes , the winger was born in the Ivory Coast, but made the move to Italy at a young age.
Part of the reason Manchester United moved for Diallo on deadline day was a desire to finalise a transfer before new criteria is drawn up for Premier League clubs to sign foreign players between age 18 and 21 after Brexit.
January transfer possible for highly-rated RB Leipzig central defender
Manchester United are among a number of clubs interested in Dayot Upamecano, with a January move for the RB Leipzig centre back possible.
According to SportBILD (via Sport Witness ), Bayern Munich see Upamecano as their ideal replacement for David Alaba, whose contract is up at the Allianz Arena at the end of the season, but cannot make a serious move until the Austrian’s future is sorted.
However, such is the interest in Upamecano Bayern Munich might find themselves beaten to the signing of the Frenchman, with Manchester City, Liverpool and United all monitoring the situation.
Upamecano has a release clause of €45 million written into his contract, but that clause won’t become active until next summer. United would likely have to exceed that fee to sign the 22-year-old in January.
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