Man Utd transfer news: Giroud stance explained, January fire sale, takeover update – Express

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Manchester United recorded their 11th Premier League win of the season on Tuesday night as they overcame Bournemouth 3-0 at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are now fourth in the Premier League table following an upturn in fortunes under Erik ten Hag and will be looking to secure their place back in the Champions League come the end of the season.
United are finally starting to make progress on the pitch following years of underperformance. And Ten Hag will be confident of guiding his side to success between now and May.
But the Dutchman will be keen to bolster his team during the winter transfer window to ensure he has a squad that can compete with the best teams in the Premier League. Ten Hag lost Cristiano Ronaldo in November and will want to replace him as soon as possible to ensure his side don’t struggle in front of goal.
The likes of Memphis Depay and Randal Kolo Muani have both been tipped to move to Old Trafford. And Express Sport will have all the latest United transfer news and gossip. So stick around throughout the day.Manchester United transfer news
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Manchester United look set to miss out on summer target Yann Sommer with the goalkeeper having a ‘verbal agreement’ in place to join Bayerb Munich.
According to Sky Germany, Sommer has no desire to leave the Bundesliga and Bayern Munich is the only club he wants to join.
The deal could reportedly go through this month, meaning United will have to look elsewhere for a new goalkeeper.
Manchester United are reportedly prepared to not sign a striker in the January transfer window if the right player doesn’t become available.
United ultimately missed out on Cody Gakpo with Liverpool swooping in and catching them off guard.
Finances are reportedly tight at United this month and they’re supposedly looking at the loan market.
But GiveMeSport claim United may not even sign a striker this month if the ‘right opportunity isn’t there’.
Eintracht Frankfurt chief Markus Krosche has issued a hands-off warning to Manchester United about Randal Kolo Muani.
The Red Devils are being linked with the highly-rated France international after he impressed at the World Cup.
But Frankfurt have no plans on selling the attacker this month with Krosche stating: “We will not sell Kolo Muani.”
Manchester United are ‘still pushing’ to try and sign Maxim Choupo-Moting from Bayern Munich this month.
According to Sky Germany, the striker has now begun holding ‘good talks’ with Bayern over a new contract.
His current deal expires in the summer, making him available to talk with other clubs around Europe.
But United may have to move fast to convince the 33-year-old to not sign a new deal with Bayern.
Joao Felix has been left out of Atletico Madrid’s matchday squad for their Copa del Rey clash with Oviedo, sparking further speculation on his future.
Felix continues to be linked with a move away from Atletico this month with both Manchester United and Chelsea seemingly leading the race for his signature.
And his absence from tonight’s match for Atletico suggests a move could be close to completion.
Manchester United may be frustrated in their attempts to sign Rafael Leao in the near future with the Portuguese star reportedly close to signing a new AC Milan contract.
United have been strongly linked with the highly-rated forward this season having impressed in Serie A.
A move in the summer had been touted with Leao’s future in doubt, but he looks set to sign a new deal with Milan.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Leao wants to find a resolution in talks with the Italian side.
Manchester United have no interest in raising desperately needed funds this month by cashing in on Harry Maguire or Scott McTominay, according to reports.
United are said to be strapped for cash in the January transfer window with the Glazers looking to sell the club.
It means Erik ten Hag may be restricted to the loan market, unless he’s able to offload players in his current squad.
Both Maguire and McTominay have struggled for minutes this season, but the Daily Mail claim Ten Hag doesn’t want either of them to be sold this month.
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will accept a pay cut to remain as Erik ten Hag’s No 1, according to The Telegraph. De Gea joined the Red Devils from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and has gone on to make over 500 appearances for the club.
“I hope so,” De Gea explained when asked if he was confident about ending his playing career at Old Trafford. “I was saying this is my club, I’ve been here many, many years and it’s a huge honour to be here and I’m so happy here. Yeah, I’m very relaxed [about the contract], just focussed on training, performing as best as I can. But, for sure, it’s going to end in a good way.”David de GeaManchester United hero Louis Saha thinks the Red Devils already have a new Cristiano Ronaldo in the shape of Marcus Rashford. The England international has been in fine form this term, netting 12 goals across all competitions to propel his side to fourth in the Premier League table.
“He’s a player who can score 30-40 goals a season,” the former United star said. “There’s no doubt about it. He can do it all and why can’t Marcus Rashford do as much or even more than [Erling] Haaland or [Kylian] Mbappe?
“If he remains fit, remains confident, he is unstoppable. He can achieve everything. I haven’t seen a talent at United this good since Cristiano Ronaldo. He just needs that aggression and that belief that set aside players like [Lionel] Messi and Cristiano from the rest.”
Manchester United have no plans to use Aaron Wan-Bissaka in a swap deal to sign Jack Butland, according to The Athletic. The Red Devils are keen to land a new goalkeeper following Martin Dubravka’s sudden return to Newcastle and have entered talks to sign Butland, who won nine caps for England.
Wan-Bissaka has impressed of late, but United don’t want to use him as part of the negotiations.
Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to confirm that he was not targeted by any English clubs before signing for Al-Nassr on a lucrative two-year contract during his unveiling on Tuesday. The former Manchester United striker was greeted by thousands of fans inside the Mrsool Park Stadium but also faced the media for a round of questioning after undergoing his medical in Riyadh.
He insisted that he was approached by many clubs from around the world but stopped short of confirming that he was a target for any sides in England or any of the biggest teams in Europe.
“I had many opportunities in Europe, many clubs in Brazil, Australia, in the US and even Portugal tried to sign me,” said the 37-year-old. “But I gave my word to this club not only to develop the club, but the country. I know what I want, but I also know what I don’t want. I’m a unique player, I beat all the records there [Europe], so I want to beat a few here. This contract is unique, because I’m unique, so this is normal.”Cristiano RonaldoManchester United have had ‘recent dialogue’ as they attempt to take Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix to Old Trafford this month, according to CBS Sports. The Portugal international could be set to leave Atletico on loan after fallen out with Diego Simeone behind the scenes.
United have held talks with representatives of the 23-year-old as they look to bolster their frontline. The Red Devils are, however, currently unwilling to meet the Spanish side’s demands of an £18million loan fee.Joao FelixEarlier this week, it was reported that Frenkie de Jong had told Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag that he did want to move to Old Trafford. But Barcelona manager Xavi appears to have ruled out a move after telling journalists: “I think it’s going to be a quiet window for us.” The Red Devils have held a long-term interest in Netherlands midfielder De Jong amid huge uncertainty for the player at the Nou Camp.Frenkie de JongFrance World Cup star Randal Kolo Muani is a target for Manchester United, according to French newspaper L’Equipe. The Red Devils are said to be preparing a £53million offer for the Eintracht Frankfurt striker in an attempt to prise him away from Germany in January. But United are set to face stiff competition to get their man as Bayern Munich are also said to be chasing his signature.
Manchester United are in talks over signing Jack Butland from Crystal Palace in the wake of Martin Dubravka’s recall by Newcastle, according to The Telegraph. Dubravka started just twice for the Red Devils following his arrival back in the summer. And, now, it appears Erik ten Hag is stepping up plans to land a replacement despite having Tom Heaton and Nathan Bishop at his disposal.
Memphis Depay is getting increasingly frustrated at his situation at Barcelona, according to Spanish publication Sport. The forward has been restricted to just two La Liga appearances so far this term, with Barcelona currently level with Real Madrid at the top of the table.
It’s claimed United, along with Arsenal and Chelsea, have expressed an interest in bringing Depay back to the Premier League. But while the player is open to leaving Spain, he wants to maintain his current salary. And with interested suitors appearing reluctant to match his wage demands, it means Barcelona may have to let their No 14 leave on loan instead.Memphis DepayGood morning, folks and welcome to Express Sport’s live Manchester United transfer blog. The Red Devils secured another crucial Premier League victory on Tuesday night as they defeated Bournemouth 3-0. And thoughts will once again turn to the transfer window today as the Red Devils look to edge closer to securing reinforcements. 
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