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

12:00 GMT 18/01/2020
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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 is also a key target for United, as the club embark on a scouting campaign of Portugal in search of new recruits. 

The Sporting playmaker had been touted for a move to the Premier League with Tottenham during the summer, but signed a new contract instead in November, pushing his release clause up to €100 million (£85m/$111m).

 Solskjaer has also admitted that Man Utd will "pounce" at the right time for the player, in light of fresh developments of advanced discussions with Sporting CP.

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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 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

Red Devils worried Fernandes purchase would impact Sancho, Maddison moves

The Express report that the potentially significant cost of purchasing Fernandes could prevent Man Utd from having available funds to pay for the likes of Sancho and Maddison.

The Old Trafford side still view the reported fee for the Sporting midfielder as too high – while the prices of both Sancho and Maddison could also potentially rise.

Man Utd could walk away from Fernandes deal

According to ESPN, the Red Devils could bow out of the deal should the Portugal club not lower their asking price.

Sporting are currently demanding €80m (£68m/$89m) for the midfielder, but Man Utd are reluctant to spend such a fee in January.

Man Utd in for Bellingham

The Red Devils are prepared to make a £25m swoop for 16-year-old Birmingham midfielder Jude Bellingham, report the Daily Record.

The teenager has impressed in Championship this season as the Old Trafford side look to bolster their attack.

Inter and Man Utd agree deal for Young

Ashley Young has completed a transfer to the Serie A side in a deal that runs until June 2020, with an option to extend for a further season.

The England international was entering his last six months on his contract at Old Trafford.

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Bailly to sign Man Utd contract extension

Eric Bailly has reportedly put pen to paper and triggered a two-year option to extend his contract at Old Trafford until the conclusion of the 2021-22 season, according to ESPN.

Man Utd still keen on Meunier

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier remains a target for Manchester United, according to Le Parisien.

The Belgium international is running down his contract in France and will become a free agent at the end of the season, with the Red Devils joining Arsenal in monitoring his situation.

Napoli join race for Chong

Napoli have joined the hunt for Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong, claims Tuttosport.

Juventus were considered to be leading the chase for the Dutch winger, but he could end up elsewhere in Italy as his contract with the Red Devils runs down.

Man Utd agree terms with Fernandes

Manchester United have, according to ESPN, agreed personal terms with Bruno Fernandes.

The Red Devils are now looking to meet the financial demands of Sporting in order to get a deal for the midfielder over the line.

Man Utd eye Atletico Madrid star

Manchester United are aiming to land Atletico Madrid's Marcos Llorente on loan until the end of the season, reports the Manchester Evening News.

With injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, the club have been forced to look at strengthening their midfield in the January transfer window.

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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 that 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.

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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

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