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

12:00 AM MYT 23/01/2020
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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.

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

Raiola unsure over Pogba's future

Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola revealed that the France international's fate at Old Trafford is currently uncertain, stating that both club and player need to remain happy – which has not always been the case.

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Piatek, Jovic and Alcacer options for Man Utd

According to Bleacher Report, the Red Devils are considering Krzysztof Piatek, Luka Jovic and Dortmund's Paco Alcacer this transfer window.

Short-term options are being considered, with all three out of favour with their current sides.

No guarantees Fernandes will join Man Utd

Jorge Mendes has revealed that Fernandes is no longer a lock-in to join the Red Devils, admitting that the Portugal international has also held discussions with other clubs.

“I don’t know. If he doesn’t leave now, he will leave for sure in the summer because Sporting have already spoken with other clubs," said Mendes at the Association of Football Agents (AFA) event in the Hive London.

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Man Utd urged to sign Cavani or Ings

Paul Ince believes that the Red Devils should sign either Edinson Cavani or Danny Ings in the absence of Rashford.

Cavani has already submitted a transfer request from PSG, while Ings has impressed for Southampton this season.

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Solskjaer's job not in danger

According to the Sun , the head coach will not be dismissed as Man Utd boss should fail to secure European qualification – for either Europa League or Champions League.

The Red Devils have failed to impress so far this season and currently sit outside the top four. The club remain committed to the Norwegian coach, and will supply him with funds to do business in the summer window.

Lyon say Dembele not for sale amid Man Utd interest

The Ligue 1 side have maintained their desire for the striker to remain at the club as they anticipate an approach from Man Utd.

He has been touted as a potential €50 million (£43m/$56m) target for the Red Devils as they look for reinforcements following Rashford's injury.

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Man Utd & Chelsea to miss out on Soumare

Lille star Boubakary Soumare has caught the attention of both Man Utd and Chelsea, but the highly-rated midfielder is set to spend the remainder of the season at the Ligue 1 side.

"I do not see myself leaving. I feel good here," he told reporters.

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No recall clause in Alexis loan for Man Utd

The Telegraph report that the Red Devils will be unable to recall the Chile striker from his loan stint at Inter as they try to seek reinforcements in their attack following the injury picked up by Marcus Rashford.

Rashford is set to be sidelined for up to six weeks.

Man Utd close to director of football appointment

Lille's Luis Campos is close to becoming Manchester United's new director of football, according to  The Sun .

After an 18 month search, Ed Woodward is considering appointing Campos, who previously worked at Monaco

Full story here!

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.

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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.

Tahith Chong is set to leave Old Trafford immediately, 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

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