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Manchester United’s two January transfer window priorities outlined as Fabrizio Romano explains Erik ten Hag’s ‘lie’



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Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has already explained the two major priorities for Manchester United in the January transfer window.

The Reds are struggling this term, but the new entry of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos, following their 25 per cent investment into the club, provides an opportunity for improved work behind the scenes at the club.

Whilst they new regime is unable to sink their teeth into the project until the Premier League approval process for their bid is complete, they already have control over the sporting decisions those at Old Trafford are thinking to make in the January transfer window.

And whilst Erik ten Hag has recently claimed that the club will not be expecting any incomings over the month, Fabrizio Romano has explained how this is not exactly true, with two priorities outlined by the Italian journalist.

He has explained that a striker to support Rasmus Hojlund has been discussed with Donyell Malen, Serhou Guirassy and Timo Werner among the options.

The central defence is also something on the minds of those at Old Trafford, with Lisandro Martinez coming back later this month. Raphael Varane is also not being offered a new contract on his current terms.

The depth at the back has been poor this season, and Romano added that there are discussions over the position as well as the striker.

“Ten Hag mentioned in an interview with United We Stand that he doesn’t expect any movement in the January transfer window,” began Romano, when speaking several weeks ago on his YouTube channel.

“What I can tell you is this is kind of ‘lying’. Of course, I don’t say that in a negative way but in a positive way,” he went on to explain.

“It’s normal at this point in the season to say you are not expecting anything. Also because for United they’re still waiting for Sir Jim Ratcliffe to come in as new co-owner and waiting for new people to come in to oversee the transfer market in January.

“There will be some changes at Man Utd, and that’s probably why Ten Hag wants to keep things quiet.

“But behind the scenes, the scouting department, the people in charge of the club now and Ten Hag himself already discussed names for the January transfer window including central strikers.

“Opportunities like Donyell Malen, like Serhou Guirassy, Timo Werner… all players discussed internally.

“Also, centre-back is a position they’re discussing internally. They’re waiting to understand when Lisandro Martinez will really be ready [to return from injury].

“So discussions are taking place and the expectation is for Man Utd to do something in the January transfer window.”

Romano has previously stated that Jean-Clair Todibo, Antonio Silva, Edmond Tapsoba and Gonçalo Inacio are among those being ‘monitored’ by United.