Manchester United currently leads the Premier League, sitting three points ahead of rival Manchester City. That doesn't mean the January transfer window will be an uneventful one for longtime manager Sir Alex Ferguson, however.
Actually, judging by the high volume of news and rumors to emerge already, it appears Ferguson will be a busy man next month. The Red Devils would benefit from a couple moves as they get prepared for an extended battle to the finish with City.
With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the latest updates about potential January deals.
United has been linked to Lewandowski for quite some time. The Borussia Dortmund and Polish national team star has watched his stock skyrocket over the past few seasons, helped even more by strong play in the Champions League this season.
It appears the Red Devils will be forced to keep waiting, though. Borussians manager Jurgen Klopp is confident the striker will remain with the club for at least the rest of the season, according to ESPN.
"I'm not afraid he will leave," Klopp said. "Manchester United are one of many teams showing interest in him. But the fact remains the contract is with us.
"The time when big, rich English clubs tried to take our players from Germany, thank God, is over. In the second half of the season he'll be with us."
It's always important to take comments with a grain of salt immediately preceding a transfer window. Clubs are always looking to drive up prices, of course. That said, it seems like the chances of Lewandowski moving are extremely low.
Sneijder and Inter Milan haven't been able to get on the same page concerning his ongoing contract dispute. It's fueled speculation about his future with the club and United are a popular link after chasing him heavily last year.
Simon Mullock of the Daily Mirror reports the Red Devils are interested should Sneijder become available. He also mentions Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham as possible destinations within the Premier League.
The situation between Sneijder and Inter has become a mess. Going their separate ways would probably be the best option for everybody involved, but it all depends on the asking price. The Red Devils shouldn't get involved in a bidding war.
What should United do with Nani?
Nani hasn't appeared in a match for over a month. He's dealing with a nagging hamstring issue, which has compounded his problems after a lackluster start to the season. Add in contract issues and he's become popular January fodder.
Zenit St. Petersburg and Paris St. Germain are both interested in the talented winger should Ferguson put him on the table, reports Dave Wood of the Daily Mail. He suggests the star's failure to make the team calendar is a ominous sign.
Even though Nani has developed into a reliable player for United in recent seasons, the Red Devils have proven they can produce offense without him in the lineup. It's a situation that should get very interesting once the window opens.