Manchester United to Reportedly Spend in January; Potential Targets

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Ah the January transfer window, typically it’s only for teams that have major holes to fill, and it’s done usually only with options that can seem a bit desperate. Sounds like the situation Manchester United currently find themselves in at mid-season. Sir Alex Ferguson was famous for speaking lowly of the January window, so it’s ironic that the club synonymous with him now finds themselves in this situation.

According to an ESPN report, United are looking to spend this January, and as you would expect, forward and midfield will be the targeted positions. Historically, especially so for recent history, United have not been very active in the winter transfer window.

And their last big January addition, Alexis Sanchez, was the biggest transfer flop in club history. So for their sake, hopefully they’ll do better in 2020. The biggest name being linked to the club right now is Mario Mandzukic, 33 of  Juventus.

Although the Croatian doesn’t represent a major upgrade over the personnel currently available in attack, he would provide depth for the Red Devils, who whiffed on some recent forward acquisitions, subsequently let them go and then never replaced them. And the injuries to Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford this season have shown us just how thin Old Trafford is in the final third.

While the kids they have at the position have potential, they’re just not ready yet. In the summer time, you can expect some more interesting and exciting deals, potentially. While it might be a bit of a challenge to close a deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho or RB Salzburg’s Erling Braut Haland, United have deep pockets, so they should be aggressive come summer time.

In terms of the midfield, FC Rostov’s Mathias Normann, the Russian Premier League player of the month for September, could be the top target. United might also return their interest for Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, with their pursuit ending up futile this summer.

Also, and this is obviously something to not take all too seriously, we’ve seen some stories linking the club with an audacious move for Neymar, with shirt sponsor Chevrolet, reportedly keen on the concept, so much so that they would help fund it.

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