Manchester United Transfer News: Top Stars, Latest Rumours Linked to Red Devils

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2015

Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang smiles during the German soccer cup (DFB Pokal) match between FC Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund at the WWK Arena stadium in Augsburg, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Manchester United are reportedly "monitoring" Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and they could be leading the race to sign him thanks to Adnan Januzaj's loan move to the Bundesliga outfit.

According to Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News, United "might feel they have an advantage" over his other suitors after loaning the Belgian "at least opened a dialogue between the two clubs."

The striker has been in exceptional form domestically this season, per Squawka Football:

His overall numbers for the season are utterly phenomenal, with the Gabon international having bagged 27 goals and six assists in 26 appearances in all competitions.

Because of his electric pace and having spent some of his career out on the right, the 26-year-old has perhaps invited comparison with Arsenal forward Theo Walcott in the past.

However, as Bundesliga expert Clark Whitney noted, Aubameyang has been far more successful as a central striker than the Englishman.

The Red Devils would need to pay top dollar for the in-form front man, per football writer Stefan Bienkowski:

Given United's ongoing struggle to produce exciting attacking football and score goals, a prolific attacker is certainly needed and they don't come cheap, so the club should be prepared to pay that kind of price to resolve their woes.

Money is of relatively little object to the wealthy club, but United boss Louis van Gaal isn't confident the club can recruit who they need in January.

Per Colin Harvey of the Daily Star, he said:

Goals are the most important thing, we have to always look for solutions to make goals.

We are doing that but we have to look for the solutions in our selection, that’s important.

Maybe we have solutions elsewhere but that’s more difficult, because in January clubs shall not let go of players who score.

To make United's task all the more difficult, long-term transfer target Thomas Muller has dealt the club a significant blow by signing an extended contract with Bayern Munich to keep him at the club until 2021, per the Times.

The German was reported as being "tempted" by a move to United earlier in December by Claudio Colla of TransfermarketWeb (h/t Metro's Jamie Sanderson).

Both club and player took to Twitter to celebrate:

After scoring 20 goals and six assists already this season—something that has perhaps gone under the radar thanks to Robert Lewandowski's goalscoring exploits—Muller is exactly the kind of incisive and clinical forward who could revolutionise United's forward line.

Rumours linking him to the Red Devils may persist for some time in spite of his new deal, but there's a strong chance the 26-year-old will now see out his career at his beloved Bayern.

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