Manchester United stance on January transfer window revealed
Manchester United remain open to making signings in the January transfer window on the proviso the right players are available.
The MEN understands United have not changed their stance on the winter window in the wake of their failure to recruit a second forward and a midfielder in the summer window.
Senior United sources implied in March they would replace any outgoings yet six players left and the club only bought three new players.
United released Antonio Valencia, lost Ander Herrera to Paris Saint-Germain on a free, sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan and Matteo Darmian to Parma, while Chris Smalling and Alexis Sanchez joined Roma and Inter on loan until the end of the season.
Overall, United obtained £79.6million in transfer fees and spent £140m, rising to £148m, on Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire to end the summer with a net spend of £60.4m.
Herrera and Lukaku have not been replaced with new additions and United had already jettisoned a senior central midfielder in Marouane Fellaini in January. Academy graduate James Garner, 18, is expected to get playing time over the next two months but Solskjaer has already encountered major issues with the midfield.
Andreas Pereira flagged as a starter in attacking roles against Chelsea and Southampton, Nemanja Matic has aired his dissatisfaction about being dropped and the £52m Fred has been overlooked for all four Premier League matchday squads so far.
Paul Pogba withdrew from the France national squad with an ankle injury and centre forward Anthony Martial missed the draw with Southampton through injury. It is unclear if either will be fit for the key clash with Leicester at Old Trafford on Saturday. Prodigious striker Mason Greenwood, 17, has already emerged in all four league fixtures.
United have a checkered history with mid-season signings. Sanchez has come to define the slapdash recruitment at the club since his January 2018 move from Arsenal in a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and 2015 acquisition Victor Valdes made one start before he was transfer listed over a falling out with then-manager Louis van Gaal.
The £37.1m Juan Mata remains United’s costliest January buy, Louis Saha enjoyed a blistering start after arriving for £12.8m from Fulham in 2004 and Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra developed into world-class defenders following their switches in 2006. Wilfried Zaha, Anders Lindegaard, Chris Smalling, Zoran Tosic, Adem Ljajic, Manucho, Henrik Larsson and Dong Fangzhuo are all classified as January window buys.
Victor Lindelof was due to join United in January 2017 but complications over the sell-on clause Benfica owed to his former club Vasteras delayed his protracted transfer until the summer.
United explored the possibility of signing Newcastle youngster Sean Longstaff, Juventus forward Paulo Dybala and Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen in the off-season but did not submit bids for any of them.
Newcastle demanded £50million for Longstaff, 21, when United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward contacted The Magpies in early July and that effectively ended United’s pursuit of the central midfielder. United refused to meet the wage demands of Dybala.
Solskjaer spoke with Eriksen, 27, in the last week of the Premier League window but his suspicions the Tottenham forward preferred to move to Spain were confirmed. United also felt a move for Eriksen would have endangered Pogba’s future, since Real Madrid were encouraging Spurs to sell Eriksen to United in the hope it would give Pogba leverage to force through a move to the Bernabeu.
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