Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sure to dive into the January transfer market to bolster his options for the second half of the season.
The Norwegian has spent over £ 70million on new players this summer. Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles, Facundo Pellestri and Edinson Cavani all arrived at Old Trafford.
Amad Diallo will finally join the Manchester United squad in early 2021 after his work permit is approved. However, Solskjaer will target certain areas that need reinforcement.
We check out the latest transfer rumors floating around at Old Trafford.
La Liga defensive star linked with Old Trafford
Solskjaer could reinvigorate United’s longstanding interest in Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane as the France international competes at the Santiago Bernabeu in the final year of his contract.
United were heavily linked with a move for Varane during Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure and again in Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Old Trafford, but the former 27-year-old chose to stay in Spain.
According to reports from the Manchester evening news United have now rekindled their interest and Real Madrid cut their offer price to below £ 70m due to several inconsistent performances over the past 12 months.
Varane remains a regular starter under Zinedine Zidane but he could be tempted by a new challenge in the Premier League if United can lure Real Madrid into a deal.
But Solskjaer must remove Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and possibly Eric Bailly from a bloated payroll before he can put in a new center-back.
Henderson connected to Celtic Loan Switch
United goalkeeper Dean Henderson could be loaned out in January as the England international looks to secure first-team football ahead of next summer’s European Championship.
Henderson chose to return to Old Trafford ahead of the 2020-21 season after being on loan at Sheffield United for two years.
However, his intention to challenge David de Gea for first place has resulted in only two EFL Cup and one Champions League appearances so far.
This lack of action has reopened the chances of a loan exit. Former Scottish boss Alex McLeish gave him a tip for a move to Celtic.
“Yes, he is very special. From the footage I saw last season, it was at a fabulous level, ”he said in an interview with Football insider .
“His team had a great season that was built on fantastic work by him.
“That’s what they say about a goalkeeper, they can save you. A good club goalkeeper is worth 10 points per season, an international goalkeeper 15 points, and a world-class goalkeeper 20 points.
“These are the numbers these goalkeepers, along with the coaches, are aiming for and that would be a very strong proposition for me (for Celtic).”
Fernandes details failed Tottenham train
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still took some big steps in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani.
The start of the season was mixed, however, with a home loss to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 win over Spurs on one end of the scale and a huge 2-1 win over PSG in Paris on the other end.
The question now is whether they can find the right balance.
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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has confirmed he almost completed a move to Premier League rivals Tottenham in the summer of 2019.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was impressed with Fernandes’ performance in midfield for Sporting and wanted to bring the Portugal international to north London.
Despite a deal that appeared to be finalized ahead of the 2019-2020 season, Sporting pulled the plug in a dramatic twist that turned out to be a win for United just six months later.
“I was close to coming to Tottenham in 2019. I was closer to Tottenham than Manchester in the summer,” he said the official Manchester United podcast .
“Sporting didn’t think the proposal was good enough, they thought they deserved more for a player like me. They wanted more money. I wasn’t angry, I was sad.
“I thought the dream of getting into the Premier League wasn’t going to come true.
“But everything has a purpose. Maybe I didn’t go to Tottenham then because something special was coming.
“It worked better because I had to bring two dreams together – in the Premier League and for Manchester United.”