Manchester United transfer news: Latest January window updates as Wout Weghorst reportedly nears move

By | January 9, 2023

Manchester United supporters likely came away with a positive impression from the first half of their club’s first season under new manager Erik ten Hag, feeling that one or two key acquisitions in January could allow them to make a Top 4 push and get back into the UEFA Champions League.

Life under Ten Hag has been bumpy at times, but the team continues to rack up results as the Red Devils sit fourth in the Premier League table following their latest 3-0 win over Bournemouth with realistic hopes of qualifying for Europe’s top club competition.

The January transfer window offers a new chance to bolster the squad and fill holes in the lineup. United, like many other top Premier League teams, have questions regarding the current midfield makeup, as Christian Eriksen’s deployment in a deeper role alongside Casemiro has produced mixed results. The biggest need, however, is at striker, with the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Red Devils also may look to offload some excess weight at winger, with Antony and Marcus Rashford in good form plus positive signs from young Anthony Elanga and Alejandro Garnacho. But Jadon Sancho continues to struggle.

Latest Manchester United transfers

Players in

Date Player Club Details
 Jan 6. 2023   Jack Butland  Crystal Palace  Loan until summer 2023

Players out

Date Player Club Details
Nov 22. 2022 Cristiano Ronaldo Free agent Contract termination
Jan 1. 2023 Martin Dubravka Newcastle Newcastle recalled from loan 

Latest Manchester United transfer news, rumors

The Sporting News brings you a full roundup of all the latest Manchester United transfer news as the January window approaches.

There are questions regarding Manchester United’s financial flexibility during this transfer window, given the Glazer family is actively seeking to sell the club. They could seek to tighten the purse strings in the hopes of keeping the books clean for the sale.

Nonetheless, Man United continue to be linked with some of the stars of the most recent World Cup.

  • Man United will have to set a new transfer record to sign Enzo Fernandez (The Sun)
  • United considering Emiliano Martinez to replace David de Gea (Football Insider)
  • PSG are looking to make a move for Man United midfielder Fred (Express)
  • United are preparing to submit a bid for Lyon full-back Malo Gusto (Media Foot)

MORE: Timeline of return for Manchester United players from World Cup rest

Wout Weghorst ‘waves goodbye’ ahead of Man Utd move

It appears Erik ten Hag’s search for a new back-up striker may be nearing its end.

Widespread reports on January 7 have indicated United are close to the signing of Wout Weghorst on loan from Burnley.

The Netherlands international, who came off the bench to score twice for his country against Argentina at the World Cup, has scored eight goals in 16 league games for Besiktas following a loan move last July. His most recent goal came in the 2-1 win over Kasimpasa on January 7, after which he was seen appearing to bid farewell to the fans.

However, Weghorst’s agent, Simon Cziommer, seemingly attempted to downplay the evening’s event, saying: “Everything is fine. There is no problem. Wout just made a celebration.”

With United hamstrung in the January market by a lack of funds, they have been forced to explore more creative, cost-effective options to find a back-up striker for Anthony Martial. It would appear that 30-year-old Weghorst is the solution to their problems.

Jack Butland completes loan move 

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland has completed a loan move to Old Trafford until the end of the season.

Following Newcastle’s decision to recall Martin Dubravka on New Year’s Day from his loan spell, Erik ten Hag is in need of a new No.2 to support David de Gea.

The Red Devils announced Butland’s arrival on January 6 with the 29-year-old yet to feature for the Eagles this season and his contract expiring in the summer.

Man United renew Frenkie de Jong interest

The Frenkie de Jong saga through the summer of 2022 was long, arduous, and ultimately fruitless for Manchester United as they failed to convince the Dutch midfielder to make the move.

According to Graeme Bailey of 90min, Man United remain interested in De Jong and are attempting to reignite their pursuit this winter.

De Jong began this season as a backup at Barcelona, coming off the bench in three of the team’s first four matches, but has grown into a more consistent role as the season progressed. He started in eight of the team’s last 10 league matches, and was a key component of the Netherlands squad in the 2022 World Cup.

The 90min report claims that while De Jong held publicly that he never entertained the move to Old Trafford last summer, the actual roadblock was “Barcelona’s repayment of millions of euros in deferred wages throughout the pandemic period back to De Jong,” and this yet unresolved issue remains the biggest barrier to securing a move.

However, Xavi has recently confirmed he doesn’t want De Jong or any other player to leave his side this month.

Manchester United have competition for Alexis Mac Allister

Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister had a sensational World Cup, becoming an unexpected component of the Argentina title run. This has caused a flurry of rumors to pop up around the 23-year-old midfielder who has scored five goals in 14 Premier League appearances so far this season.

Mac Allister just recently signed a new Brighton contract in October that runs through the summer of 2025, but that may not be enough to ward off outside interest. According to Spanish tabloid Fichajes, there is interest on the Manchester United side that could play out this winter.

The report states there will be serious competition from Arsenal for Mac Allister’s signature, and this could be a continuing saga through the entire winter window.

Brighton chief executive Paul Barber insists the club have no intention of selling and as of Jan. 2 he confirmed no contact had been made with any interested parties.

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