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Ralf Rangnick‘s men didn’t exactly have the best day out against Bruno Lage‘s Wolves at Old Trafford, suffering a 1-0 defeat courtesy a João Moutinho late goal. It was business as usual off the field though, with the January transfer window opening and links to different players popping up left, right and centre. We’ll take a look at them all in this piece, let’s get right into it.

RANGNICK WANTS A HOLDING MIDFIELDER IN JANUARY

There’s always a myriad of discussions and debates around which positions of their respective squads teams should look to strengthen, and when it comes to Manchester United, there would usually be an unequivocal conclusion – deep midfield. Unsurprisingly, Ralf Rangnick is of the same opinion.

According to various reliable journalists like Paul Hirst of Times Sport and James Ducker of Telegraph Sport, Rangnick wants to reinforce his squad with a midfielder, and the United hierarchy have apparently told him that there are funds available for the same. As has been mentioned previously, Amadou Haidara is one of the potential options in the frame of things.

Some other names reportedly in the frame are Ruben Neves and Boubacar Kamara. Sky Sports mentioned the two among a number of midfielders United are looking at given the fact that they are in the market for a midfielder. Alex Crook of TalkSport mentioned that United are amongst a number of clubs tracking Neves, and that Wolves would demand a package of over £50m to sell the player. Doesn’t give away much definitely, but these situations are to be kept an eye upon as we get deeper into the window.

RICHARD ARNOLD TO TAKE OVER

Richard Arnold will take over the role of Manchester United’s Chief Executive Officer from 1st February, 2022. According to Laurie Whitwell of The Athletic, Arnold plans to grant greater autonomy on the sporting side of things to the football people at the club – John Murtough, United’s football director will take the lead and will be assisted by Darren Fletcher in the capacity of a technical director.

ERIK TEN HAG LEADING THE RACE

According to Henry Winter of Times Sport, current Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag is the leading contender to become permanent Manchester United manager next season as things stand. The outgoing Ed Woodward will stay on the Manchester United football board till the end of the season and may also have an involvement in the appointment of a long term manager at the end of the season.

MARTIAL’S SITUATION IN BALANCE

Manchester United’s terms for loaning out Anthony Martial include a club covering all of his wages and paying them a £6m loan fee on top of that. After having rejected Sevilla‘s offer for the player, which only included them paying half of his wages, Martial’s situation appears to be in the balance as things stand.

Anthony Martial is likely to leave Manchester United in January

Gerard Romero, a reliable Spanish reporter, mentioned that Martial’s representatives had offered him to Barcelona. Craig Hope of Mail Sport also mentioned interest from Newcastle United in the player in the backdrop of an injury to striker Callum Wilson.

JESSE LINGARD WANTED BY WEST HAM

According to TalkSport, Jesse Lingard, who is out of contract in the summer, is wanted by West Ham United in January. They believe that Lingard can be convinced to move in January. With contract talks between United and the player being at a standstill for a while, this is a situation definitely worth keeping an eye on this window.

MOVE FOR JULIÁN ÁLVAREZ NOT BEING ACTIVELY PURSUED

Julián Álvarez was heavily linked to Manchester United in the South American media, and there were big claims about how a deal was very close to materialising. However, according to multiple other reliable sources, United are not actively pursuing the player as things stand and aren’t working to sign him in January.

Simon Jones from Mail Sport was among the first to mention that United had not held serious talks over a move for the player in January, a stance later also presented by Fabrizio Romano. Reliable Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla further reported that United did hold talks with Álvarez’s agent but mentioned that they were only ready to deepen discussions over his signing once they sold Anthony Martial.

UNITED IN CONTACT WITH AGENT MOUSSA SISSOKO

United have been in contact with agent Moussa Sissoko for a couple of his clients they’re interested in. Ousmane Dembélé has been linked to United continuously over the years and unsurprisingly, there’s some interest on the club’s part when it comes to him. Matteo Moreto reported that United are definitely one of the clubs who have been in contact with Sissoko over a move for Dembélé.

Another Sissoko client United have taken a liking to is Dortmund defender Dan-Axel Zagadou. Rangnick has himself been said to be involved in discussions. The player will be available as a free agent in the summer.

LOAN MOVES FOR ACADEMY PLAYERS

In what turned out to be a busy week for a number of United academy graduates, there was news surrounding the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Ethan Laird and Teden Mengi along the same lines.

Napoli have taken an interest in completing a loan deal for Axel Tuanzebe till the end of the season and the defender is said to be open to the move as well. A loan fee between clubs has also been agreed according to a number of sources – a €600k guaranteed payment along with another €400k if Napoli qualify for the Champions League and €200k if he plays a certain amount of games. An official announcement of the move should follow in due course.

Right-back Ethan Laird, on loan to Swansea, was recalled and has officially joined AFC Bournemouth on loan for the second half of the season. The player was said to be wanted by Scott Parker to help bring Premier League football back to Bournemouth. It was also mentioned that Laird could remain on loan there for next season as well if they secured qualification to the Premier League.

Teden Mengi is another player who got a loan move confirmed this week. The player completed a move to Birmingham City on loan till the end of the season.

VAN DE BEEK LOOKING AT A MOVE AWAY

Despite Rangnick’s assuring words in his press conference, Donny van de Beek is said to be looking at a move away in January. Laurie Whitwell reported that Rangnick is seemingly coming to similar conclusions as Ole Gunnar Solskjær on the player – that he is ill-suited to the rigours of the Premier League. He also mentioned that according to sources, his technique is pristine but he struggles to cover ground in training.

Luke Edwards of Telegraph Sport also mentioned that Newcastle United could also look to test Manchester United’s resolve of keeping hold of Van de Beek this window.

PAUL MITCHELL FOLLOWED BY UNITED

Paul Mitchell, sporting director of AS Monaco has been followed by United for several weeks, according to the reliable Santi Aouna. Mitchell is apparently wanted by United to perfect the sector of talent scouting and recruitment.

ENQUIRY FOR DENIS ZAKARIA

According to the reliable Jonathan Shrager, United are amongst a number of top clubs who have recently enquired about the possibility of signing Denis Zakaria in January. It is worth noting that the player will be a free agent in the summer – making him a possible candidate for a January move.

JUAN MATA’S FUTURE UNCLEAR

Samuel Luckhurst of MEN Sport reported that Juan Mata is open to leaving United in January. Jonathan Shrager, on the other hand, added that there are currently no talks going on regarding a possible January transfer for Mata and that it is very likely he stays at United till the summer.

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