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Manchester United transfer targets: Jimenez, Maddison & players linked with the club

18:00 GMT+4 28/01/2020
Raul Jimenez James Maddison 2019-20
All the latest Red Devils transfer news, rumours, quotes, gossip and done deals for the January 2020 transfer window

Manchester United remain a potent force in the transfer market, despite their on-pitch struggles in the Premier League and in Europe over the course of the past few seasons.

However, while the Red Devils have been able to bring high-profile stars to Old Trafford for considerable fees, things haven't exactly worked out on that front either.

Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted  that he needs more midfield additions to his squad, but it could be argued that the defence and attack have been lacking, so there is work to be done in the market. 

Goal will keep you on top of all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip regarding Manchester United's targets right here with regular updates.

Contents

  1. Top Man Utd transfer targets
  2. Latest Man Utd transfer news & rumours
  3. Potential Man Utd exits
  4. Confirmed Utd transfers

Top Manchester United transfer targets

The Red Devils have lined up Wolves striker Raul Jimenez as they look to address their woes in front of goal and propel themselves into the mix for a Champions League finish in the Premier League.

Allowing Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to depart Old Trafford for Inter during the summer raised plenty of eyebrows, but it was apparent that Solskjaer was confident in the abilities of his remaining forwards.

However, while Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have tremendous chemistry, the squad is quite lightweight when it comes to attacking options. Indeed, there is no recognised out-and-out centre-forward.

Having missed out on Erling Braut Haaland and Mario Mandzukic, Jimenez has emerged as the priority target.

Another Wolves player who is on Manchester United's radar is 22-year-old midfielder Ruben Neves and the club are certainly keen to bring in reinforcements in that area, be it in January or the summer.

However, while he has been linked with the Red Devils in the past, it is understood that Neves is not overly excited by the prospect of a move to Old Trafford, so a blockbuster offer could be required.

Neves' compatriot Bruno Fernandes was a key target for United, but the move collapsed on towards the end of January after the Red Devils refused to meet Sporting's €80 million (£68m/$89m) valuation.

Man Utd offered €60.5m (£51m/$67m), with €50m (£42.5m/$55.7m) of that guaranteed for the Portugal international – but Sporting had doubts that the clauses required to recoup the rest of the fee would ever be met (such as Fernandes winning the Ballon d’Or and United winning the Premier League).

Manchester United are believed to be among a number of clubs monitoring the availability of Dinamo Zagreb forward Dani Olmo, but they have fallen behind Barcelona, RB Leipzig and Chelsea in the hunt.

Other stars to have been heavily linked include Christian Eriksen and James Maddison, though neither appears likely - certainly not in January.

There had been speculation that Gedson Fernandes would join Manchester United, but the Benfica midfielder joined Tottenham on loan instead.

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Latest Manchester United transfer news & rumours

Man Utd reach €55m agreement to sign Fernandes

Goal can confirm that Man Utd could pay up to €80m (£68m/$88m) for Bruno Fernandes, along with additional clauses.

It was previously understood that Man Utd were unwilling to meet Sporting's valuation of the midfielder and that the Portuguese club were reluctant to agree on the clauses, but a breakthrough in the agreement of the deal has taken place.

Full story here!

Juve fans 'have to dream' of Pogba - Raiola

Mino Raiola has addressed the speculation surrounding Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United, insisting Juventus fans can still "dream" of his return to Turin.

Raiola told Tuttosport of the Juve rumours: "Juve fans have to dream because if you don't, you're dead.

"I don't work in dreams, but in the real world to make the right choices for my clients."

Full story here!

Chilwell emerges as Man Utd target

Manchester United are set to launch a bid for Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell in the summer, reports Metro

Gomes waiting for Man Utd chance

Angel Gomes is eager for an opportunity to impress at Manchester United as questions continue to be asked of his future at Old Trafford.

Gomes told MUTV: “It's just getting the opportunity really and being able to take it with both hands.

“Whichever game that is, it's being able to do my best to show what I can do.”

Full story here!

Red Devils in Cavani push

Manchester United are seeking to sign Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain, according to TF1.

The striker is out of contract at the end of the season and will not play against Lille on Sunday due to his uncertain future.

However, Atletico Madrid still lead the chase for the Uruguay ace.

Man Utd refuse to budge on Smalling demands

Manchester United have refused to buckle on their £25m asking price for Chris Smalling, according to the Sun.

The Red Devils have loaned the centre-back to the Serie A side, where his impressive performances have resulted in their desire to make the move permanent.

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Potential Manchester United exits

The most obvious potential departee from Manchester United is Paul Pogba and his future at the club has been thrown into severe doubt following pronouncements by his agent Mino Raiola.

"Today I wouldn’t bring anyone else [to Manchester United]," Raiola said in an explosive interview with La Repubblica in January.

"They would ruin even [Diego] Maradona, Pele and [Paolo] Maldini. Paul needs a team and a society, one like at Juve before."

Solskjaer is adamant  hat the World Cup winner won't be leaving in January, but it would seem that it's now just a matter of when and not if.

Nemanja Matic appears resigned to leaving United and the midfielder's contract is running down, something he conceded means he must assess his options .

Atletico Madrid have been rumoured as a potential destination, while Inter boss Antonio Conte is reportedly interested in the former Chelsea midfielder.

Joining Matic through the exit doors could be defensive duo Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones, while Eric Bailly's stock has also diminished.

Tahith Chong  is set to leave Old Trafford, with his contract expiring in the summer.

A number of Italian clubs are interested in the 20-year-old, with Juventus and Inter among the frontrunners for his signature .

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Confirmed Manchester United January window transfers

Man Utd signings

Player Signed from Fee
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Man Utd departures

Player Signed for Fee
Ethan Hamilton Bolton Wanderers Loan
Max Taylor Stalybridge Celtic Loan
Alex Fojticek Stalybridge Celtic Loan
Ashley Young Inter €1.5m
George Tanner Salford Loan

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