The Manchester United transfer priority is firmly set on their midfield, according to Laurie Whitwell of the Athletic, who also reported that Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice, and Amadou Haidara are under consideration.
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The Red Devils are in desperate need of a midfielder.
Currently, the preferred pivot in central midfield is Scott McTominay and Fred, a partnership that causes dismay among fans. While the pair have received praise for their strengths, they are not at the standard that United require in order to challenge at the top of the Premier League go far in the Champions League.
Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, and Donny van de Beek also feature sporadically, although the former and latter of the three both could be leaving Old Trafford in the near future, and Matic’s age is starting to show on the pitch.
Hence, it only makes sense for the Red Devils’ next transfer focus to be on the middle of midfield, but fans may have to wait a little while to see a prominent incoming. Whitwell’s report stated that United are not currently in any advanced talks with new players, while there is a very low probability that any of their current targets become available during the January transfer window.
Both Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice make up vital parts in their respective teams, and, should these players be on their way to the Theatre of Dreams, this could only happen in the summer.
The Manchester side are also reportedly interested in Brighton and Hove Albion’s Yves Bissouma, but again it would be a struggle to pull this deal off in the immediate future, especially with his club having put a £50 million price tag on his head.
Amadou Haidara is the most likely of United’s midfield targets to be on the move this month, and he has a strong connection with interim boss Ralf Rangnick, having played for both RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig while the German was heavily involved with the Red Bull group of football clubs.
According to Jonathan Shrager, the Red Devils have opened a dialogue between themselves and RB Leipzig regarding the midfielder, although these talks are in preliminary stages.