Sir Alex Ferguson seemed to have a knack for making impactful acquisitions that addressed pressing needs in his first-team squad.
Sure, he had his follies (Juan Sebastian Veron immediately springs to mind), but the January 2006 transfer window was one of his best—the registration period in which he signed both Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic.
No doubt new United boss David Moyes would love to put together one or two similar deals in January, and over the next few slides, we’ll look at some of the options he’s reportedly considering.
This rundown will be updated throughout the week, so check back to keep up to speed with what United may be planning for January.
- Last updated December 7 -
Borussia Dortmund are reportedly uncertain about the future of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.
According to Paul Gorst of the Mirror, Dortmund CEO Hands-Joachim Watzke has admitted he doesn’t know how the Gundogan situation will turn out—a remark that seemed to hint at the Germany international’s exit.
Manchester United are still interested in Ander Herrera and could make another approach for the Athletic Bilbao midfielder in January.
According to Jamie Jackson of The Guardian, Red Devils manager David Moyes may look to take advantage of the 24-year-old’s sub-standard start to the season by prying him from the Basque giants for less than his €36 million buyout clause.
United thought they had a deal in place with both Herrera and Athletic back in early September, but the Primera Division side refused to come off their price amidst reports that United’s representatives were not properly licensed with the Spanish football authorities. (Mirror)
The player in question is Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho—a tidy, physical midfielder who earned his first senior cap for Portugal last month against Sweden.
It’s thought Sporting value him at £12.5 million.
This isn’t the first time Manchester United have been linked to Wesley Sneijder, and with Chelsea thought to be interested in the Dutchman as well the reigning Premier League champions are thought to have sweetened the pot in their pursuit of him.
According to Ben Jefferson of the Express, United manager David Moyes is prepared to offer both Nani and Antonio Valencia in exchange for Sneijder, who would also be available for £12 million.
Sneijder, 29, has scored five goals so far this season for Galatasaray.
Reus, 24, has so far scored nine goals this season—more than the entire United midfield combined.
Ryan Gauld may be only 17 years old, but according to Steve Bates of the Mirror, he has already caught United’s eye, with the Premier League champions having reportedly offered £3 million (to go along with a trio of friendlies) for his services.
Gauld has apparently picked up the nickname “Mini Messi” at current club Dundee United, for whom he has scored five goals in 16 matches so far this season.
Real Madrid are also thought to be tracking him.