The end of the January transfer window is in sight and deals are starting to come through thick and fast.
Newcastle United are flexing their financial muscle as they look to avoid dropping down the Championship while Tottenham’s bid to strengthen their squad keeps hitting the buffers as their targets are lured elsewhere.
Most Manchester United fans expected the club to sign a midfielder this window but it looks increasingly likely that we’ll be made to wait until the summer to finally see the club fill the obvious void in the squad.
There’s not long to go before we’re treated to the delights of deadline day so let’s have a look at three things that will ‘definitely’ happen at United over the coming days.
Who needs squad depth?
United could well sanction a number of loan departures over the next few days.
Anthony Martial has already moved to Sevilla on loan while Amad has secured a temporary switch to Rangers, but don’t be surprised to see further exits this month.
Donny van de Beek is reportedly in talks with Crystal Palace and Valencia while Ralf Rangnick has told Jesse Lingard he’s free to leave. However, it remains to be seen whether a deal with Premier League strugglers Newcastle will be agreed before the end of the month.
There are a number of other clubs interested in Lingard and, given the fact he doesn’t seem to be in Rangnick’s plans for the remainder of the season, it’s probably best if United and Lingard cut ties this month.
Moving players on who have been deemed surplus to requirements always seems to be a sensible move, but with United still competing in the FA Cup, the Champions League and a place in the top four up for grabs in the Premier League, such drastic cuts could come back to haunt them.
Bruno Guimaraes joins United… Newcastle United
To say United have not been on the ball in terms of player recruitment over the past few years would be an understatement.
A midfielder was needed in the summer and is still needed now, but the club seems determined to wait until summer to solve the issue.
In doing so they’re potentially missing out on a whole host of top midfielders, a category Bruno Guimaraes definitely falls into.
The Brazilian midfielder would solve a lot of United’s problems but, as per The Chronicle, Guimaraes is now on the verge of joining Newcastle in a deal worth around £33.5m.
We can only hope that United’s lack of movement in the January market doesn’t turn out to be a huge mistake.
United are going to sign… no one
This one probably won’t come as too much of a surprise given what’s already been said. the MEN Sports are of the understanding United are already focusing their attention on summer deals and so the next few days could be pretty quiet for United fans.
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Given the number of top midfielders out there whose contracts are set to expire this summer, it’ll be disappointing if United don’t make a last-ditch attempt to freshen up their squad.
A place in the top four is an absolute must this season and United fans have just got to hope we’re not left looking back at January as the month where our campaign truly fell apart.
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