With the 2023 winter transfer window now open, we round up the players linked with moves in and out of Manchester United.
Man Utd exploring loan deal for Weghorst
Manchester United are exploring the possibility of signing Burnley forward Wout Weghorst on loan.
Weghorst is currently on loan at Besiktas but Sky Sports News understands United have made initial contact with Burnley to find out if a deal is possible.
The deal is slightly complicated as it would require Burnley and Besiktas to agree to cut short Weghorst’s loan.
‘Joao Felix not on the agenda for Man Utd’
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth:
“It is no secret Man Utd’s priority is to bring in a number nine. A long-term number nine is what Erik ten Hag is after, but I don’t think they will necessarily get that in January, simply because of budgets and unless a long-term target becomes available.
“When you are looking at players that United are looking at they are normally with big clubs, they are normally in the Champions League and clubs are normally very reluctant to allow players to go mid-season. If they do the price would be much higher than if it would be in the summer.
“Therefore, I think United are looking at the loan market. The idea of Joao Felix works because it would be a loan deal but as of Monday, the information I’m getting is that United had moved on to other targets.
“I was told that a deal for Joao Felix was not on the agenda at all based on the terms quoted. There were no live negotiations.
“That of course can change if the figures quoted come down and the £3.5m being reported can be agreed upon. However, that is a big reduction from what Atletico are after, but the Spanish club’s terms are well in access of what United’s transfer budget is for this month.”
Man Utd agree loan deal for Jack Butland
Manchester United have signed Jack Butland from Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season, with it being understood United will pay his wages in full for the time the goalkeeper spends at Old Trafford.
Man Utd still searching for forward and right-back
Manchester United continue to assess all options with regard to signing a striker and a right-back.
If a player does arrive in January, it will almost certainly be on loan but there is a significant chance the club will not sign anyone next month.
A right-back is not seen as a priority given the form of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and the return to fitness of Diogo Dalot. Wan-Bissaka has started United’s last four games in all competitions.
One source has told Sky Sports News United have done “due diligence” on a number of players including Celtic’s Josip Juranovic, but the primary focus remains on a forward and a ‘keeper.
A permanent deal in January cannot be completely ruled out but only if a long-term target becomes available, and that spending would form part of next summer’s budget.
As it stands, a loan move is more likely than a permanent deal – if they are to bring anyone in over the January transfer window.
Man Utd ‘preparing summer move for Napoli star Kim’
Manchester United are preparing a summer move for Napoli centre-back Kim Min-Jae, according to reports.
Erik ten Hag is actively looking to strengthen his defence ahead of next season and the South Korea international has emerged as a potential addition.
Kim only arrived in Italy in July, but his form for Napoli has alerted United. He has started all but one game in Serie A and furthered his reputation by starring at the World Cup as South Korea reached the last 16.
Napoli have a £38m release clause on Kim, which puts them in a vulnerable situation ahead of the summer window.
Man Utd trigger Rashford, Shaw, Dalot and Fred extensions
Manchester United have triggered one-year options to extend the contracts of Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot and Fred to the end of the 2023/24 season.
It is also understood the same action has not been taken for David de Gea’s contract, with the club in positive talks with the Spain goalkeeper about a potential new deal.
Who have Man Utd been linked with?
Joao Felix – Manchester United have made an offer of £3.5m to sign Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix on a loan deal for the remainder of the season, according to reports (Daily Mirror, January 5); Manchester United are looking at alternatives to Felix, with Atletico Madrid demanding at least double what the club are prepared to pay to loan the Portugal forward for the remainder of the season (Daily Telegraph, January 2); Man Utd and Arsenal are the frontrunners to sign Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix in January (Daily Express, January 2).
Frenkie de Jong – Barcelona president Joan Laporta has insisted Frenkie de Jong is “not for sale” in a blow to Manchester United (The Sun, January 6); The Netherlands midfielder has told Erik ten Hag he wants to join Manchester United after the club has turned its season around, according to reports – having turned down a move to Old Trafford last summer (Daily Mail, January 2).
Axel Disasi – Manchester United are eyeing a possible move for Monaco and France centre back Axel Disasi (Daily Mail, January 6).
Randal Kolo Muani – Manchester United are interested in France international Randal Kolo Muani, according to reports, with Bayern Munich also interested (The Sun, January 4); Manchester United are ready to make an offer worth around £53m to sign Frankfurt striker Kolo Muani, according to reports (Daily Express, January 2).
Weston McKennie – Chelsea and Manchester United have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Weston McKennie after Juventus were reportedly contacted by Bournemouth (The Sun, January 4).
Olivier Giroud – Manchester United have reportedly reached out over a potential move for AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud (Daily Mirror, January 4).
Marcus Thuram – United are reportedly leading the race to sign Marcus Thuram in a cut-price deal from Borussia Monchengladbach in the January transfer window (Daily Mirror, January 2); Manchester United are monitoring developments with Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram. (Mail on Sunday, January 1).
Dusan Vlahovic – Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic is reportedly interested in ditching the Serie A giants to join Manchester United in 2023, according to reports (Daily Express, January 2).
Raphinha – Barcelona could sell Raphinha after just six months at the Nou Camp to fund deals for Bernardo Silva or Joao Cancelo, with Manchester United expressing interest in the winger last summer (Daily Express, January 2).
Chris Rigg – United are joining Newcastle in the race to sign Sunderland wonderkid Chris Rigg (The Sun, January 2).
Lamine Yamal – Manchester United could miss out on landing Barcelona teenager Yamal after the Red Devils received a telling transfer message from sources close to the La Liga club (Daily Express, December 30).
Kim Min-Jae – Manchester United are preparing a summer move for Napoli centre-back Kim, according to reports (The Sun, December 29).
Alvaro Morata – Manchester United have reportedly identified Morata as a short-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo (The Sun, December 29).
Enzo Fernandez – Benfica have insisted they want to keep in-demand midfielder Fernandez until the end of the season amid interest from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool (Daily Express, December 30); Benfica have reportedly placed a £105m price tag on midfielder Fernandez, a potential target for Liverpool and Manchester United, in the wake of a fine set of performances for World Cup champions Argentina (The Sun, December 23).
Martin Terrier – Prolific Rennes forward Terrier has re-emerged as a possible Manchester United target in January as they look for an affordable replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo (Daily MIrror, December 28).
Jordan Pickford – Man Utd, Chelsea and Tottenham are all considering a move for Everton goalkeeper Pickford (Daily Mail, December 28).
Stefan de Vrij – United boss Erik ten Hag is looking to add veteran Inter Milan centre-back De Vrij to his defensive options in the summer, when he will be a free agent (Daily Mirror, December 28).
Diogo Costa – United are prepared to break a transfer record to land the Porto goalkeeper (The Sun, December 27); United are pressing on with plans to target Costa despite some less-than-convincing displays at the World Cup in Qatar (Daily Express, December 14).
Frenkie de Jong – United’s ongoing pursuit of the Barcelona midfielder has reportedly hit a major roadblock after the Catalan club reaffirmed their commitment to the player (Daily Mail, December 27).
Felipe Rodriguez-Gentile – Manchester United and Liverpool are among the clubs keeping tabs on Preston prodigy Rodriguez-Gentile, who scored five times in an FA Youth Cup tie earlier this season (Daily Mirror, December 23).
Yann Sommer – After failing to sign for Man Utd during the summer, Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Sommer now wants to ‘fulfil’ his Premier League dream with a move to Old Trafford (Daily Express, December 22).
Youssoufa Moukoko – Chelsea face competition from Manchester United and Liverpool for Borussia Dortmund’s Moukoko, but interested clubs will have to convince the 18-year-old German that he will not be signed to sit on the bench (The Times, December 15).
Cher Ndour – Manchester United want Benfica’s 18-year-old midfielder, who is out of contract next year (Daily Mirror, December 14).
Josko Gvardiol – Manchester United have joined the race to sign RB Leipzig’s Croatia star Gvardiol but will face huge competition for the 20-year-old’s signature (The Sun, December 12).
Erik ten Hag has taken control of Manchester United’s reserve team as he strives to continue the club’s tradition of developing young talent (Daily Mail, January 2)
The players linked with a Man Utd exit
Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho – Manchester United could add £250m to their transfer budget – but it would require a mass exodus, including stars such as Jadon Sancho and Harry Maguire. (Daily Star, January 7)
Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay – Manchester United want to keep Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay this month to maintain strength in depth for their squad (Daily Mail, January 3).
Hannibal Mejbri – Marseille are interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Hannibal Mejbri, who is currently on loan at Birmingham City (Sun on Sunday, January 1).
Anthony Elanga – Elanga is supposedly becoming increasingly frustrated he cannot nail down a spot at Manchester United (Daily Mail, December 28); Everton want to sign the Manchester United forward on loan for the remainder of the season but will not be able to unless Erik ten Hag is able to secure a replacement (The Sun, December 28).
Fred – PSG are interested in signing the midfielder despite the United activating a 12-month extension on the Brazil international’s contract (The Sun, December 24).
Alejandro Garnacho – David de Gea has warned Real Madrid to remove Manchester United youngster Garnacho from their transfer plans as “we won’t let him leave” (Daily Mail, December 12).
What’s the latest on Man Utd’s takeover?
Manchester United have told manager Erik ten Hag an Old Trafford takeover would give him greater spending power to put the club back at the top of English football (Daily Mail, December 15).
What are the latest contract talks?
David de Gea – David de Gea is hopeful of being able to see out his career at Manchester United as he closes in on a new contract (Daily Telegraph, January 5); De Gea has expressed his wish to stay at United for the rest of his career as talks over a new contract continue (Sky Sports, January 4).
Manchester United have triggered one-year options to extend the contracts of Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot and Fred to the end of the 2023/24 season (Sky Sports, December 20).
Manchester United are in talks with David de Gea over a new short-term deal after triggering extensions for four other first-team players (The Times, December 21).
Confirmed Man Utd signings
Jack Butland – Crystal Palace, loan
Confirmed Man Utd departures
Cristiano Ronaldo – Released