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Manchester United are being linked with new signings in today’s transfer news, rumours and gossip as the Premier League side aim to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo’s departure has left an attacking spot available in Erik ten Hag’s squad and the club are eyeing two World Cup stars as possible replacements. Eintracht Frankfurt’s 24-year-old forward Randal Kolo Muani is one of those on United’s radar, according to Sky Germany, after impressing for France in several cameo appearances. Another is 22-year-old Ghana forward Mohammed Kudus, who Ajax have reportedly priced at £40m. United are also in the race to sign France defender Axel Disasi from Monaco, writes the Daily Mail.
Chelsea continue to chase Argentina’s World Cup-winning midfielder Enzo Fernandez, although Benfica are keen to hold onto their player, which could lead the Blues back to Brighton and Moises Caicedo. They’ve also been linked with a late hijack for Arsenal target and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhailo Mudryk. It promises to be a busy month, with Liverpool already completing a £35m deal for Cody Gakpo from PSV but Jurgen Klopp may now move for a midfielder after more troubling signs in the loss to Brentford. However, Real Madrid are the ones in pole position to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund, according to Marca.
Follow all the latest January transfer rumours and confirmed news below:
Manchester United sign Jack Butland on loan from Crystal Palace
Here’s a reminder of today’s main transfer story:
Manchester United have signed goalkeeper Jack Butland on loan from Crystal Palace for the rest of the season.
The former England international, who has not played for Palace this season, will provide cover for David de Gea after Newcastle recalled Martin Dubravka from his loan spell at Old Trafford.
Manager Erik ten Hag, who can also call upon Tom Heaton, had said he wanted to have three goalkeepers in his squad and moved swiftly to make Butland his first signing of the January transfer window.
The 29-year-old said: “This is an amazing club and one that I am now proud to represent. I’m really looking forward to working with an unbelievable goalkeeping group, supporting each other every day to create the best training and playing environment for the team.
“I’ve played against David de Gea and represented England alongside Tom Heaton; they are top-class keepers, and I am relishing the opportunity to compete alongside and support them as teammates.
“There is a lot that this group can achieve this season and I’m excited to play my part in helping everyone to reach these ambitions.”
Jamie Braidwood6 January 2023 19:05
Mykhailo Mudryk latest: Chelsea and Arsenal fight for Shakhtar winger
Darijo Srna was seemingly hosted by Chelsea owner Todd Boehly last night at the Chelsea vs Man City game, as the Blues continue to chase the signing of Mykhailo Mudryk.
Srna, a former full-back, is now the director of football at Shakhtar and will be heading up sale talks with the Ukrainian club wanting up to €100m (£88m)to allow the wide attacker to leave.
Jamie Braidwood6 January 2023 18:45
Romeo Beckham signs for Brentford B on short-term loan deal
The 20-year-old arrives from Inter Miami, the MLS club where his father David is a co-owner. Beckham was part of Inter Miami’s reserve team and made 20 appearances for the side last season.
Beckham had been training with Brentford’s B team since the end of the MLS Next Pro campaign, where he impressed coaching staff with his application and work rate. Brentford’s senior team, managed by Thomas Frank, currently sit ninth in the Premier League table.
“We’ve been absolutely delighted with Romeo since he arrived with us,” said the head coach of Brentford B Neil MacFarlane. “He came to us from Inter Miami with the aim of working with us during their close season. Romeo has applied himself unbelievably well, he’s really bought into the culture and the group which he has become a big part of.”
Jamie Braidwood6 January 2023 18:36
Man United consider ‘possible move’ for Monaco defender Axel Disasi
A couple of years ago, Man United were reportedly on the verge of signing Benoit Badiashile from Monaco. That never materialised and the French defender has just joined Chelsea – but United are not moving their eyes far for the next target.
Defensive partner of Badiashile Axel Disasi is the next object of their attentions, claims the Mail, with reports of “multiple top-flight clubs” being keen on the 24-year-old, but United being the side who have had “initial negotiations”.
Disasi played right-back a couple of times for France at the World Cup last month, though more frequently plays in the middle for Monaco.
Whether the Ligue 1 club allows both their key defenders to leave in the same window is up for discussion.
Jamie Braidwood6 January 2023 18:25
Manchester United unsure on Jadon Sancho return
While the club look for attacking signings this month, Erik ten Hag feels patience is paramount when considering Jadon Sancho as the Dutchman admitted there remains no timescale on when the winger will return to action for Manchester United.
Sancho, a £73million signing from Borussia Dortmund 18 months ago, has not featured for United since playing 52 minutes of a 1-1 draw at Chelsea in October and was left out of England’s World Cup squad.
“I would like to have Jadon back as soon as possible, but I can’t force this process,” Ten Hag said. “I will do everything that’s in my power but some processes you can’t force and this is one of them.
“I also have to show patience although I don’t have patience because we have a lack of opportunities in the front line, players who are available and capable to contribute not only in the Premier League but on the highest standard in football.
“Jadon is one who, when he is fit, he will contribute and we will have an extra option and so we have more chance to win a lot of games.
“With the physical, there’s also a connection of mental,” Ten Hag said. “I think he’s now making good progress on the physical part and that will help him.
“I hope he can return quickly but I can’t say how long it will be. In this moment, he is not fit enough, no.
“We have some hurdles to take. I think he’s (heading) in a good direction. I can’t force this process so I don’t do. I would be really happy in the moment if he returned in the squad for team training, that’s the next step.”
Jamie Braidwood6 January 2023 18:05
Newcastle target defensive midfielder but Scott McTominay unlikely
Newcastle’s priority for the January transfer window is a holding midfielder, reports the Athletic’s Chris Waugh, but while they are monitoring a number of players, Scott McTominay – linked in some quarters – is not high on the list.
That’s due to his likely price tag, having turned 26 recently and the bigger appeal of other potential additions.
Moises Caicedo and James Maddison are also mentioned as more general midfield targets but both have clubs unwilling to sell.
Newcastle “don’t yet know what they are going to do” but prefer a player with Premier League experience, claims the report.
Jamie Braidwood6 January 2023 17:45
Southampton sign Croatia international Mislav Orsic on £6m deal
And there you go! Just confirmed, Southampton have signed Mislav Orsic from Dinamo Zagreb for £6m. The 30-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Premier League club, who will hope he is a boost to their survival chances.
Southampton manager Nathan Jones said: “Mislav is a significant addition to our squad and I’m delighted we have been able to get him in so quickly this month.
“He’s a serious attacking threat and I’m sure anyone who has followed his progress or saw what he achieved at the World Cup will realise the talent he has. We’re excited to have him here.”
Mislav Orsic said: “I feel very happy to be here, I think it’s a dream for every football player to come to play in the Premier League and I’m here, I’m ready, I’m motivated and I hope that I will help the team to achieve their goals.
“When I come here to the camp, it’s amazing, and I’m sure I will really enjoy my time here. Now it’s a little bit of a difficult situation for the club, but I think we need to stay together. We have only one plan – everybody to stay in the Premier League. We need to work hard every day and I hope that at the end of the year we will be happy.”
Jamie Braidwood6 January 2023 17:34
Southampton target Everton defender, fee agreed for Orsic
Southampton are rock bottom of the Premier League and need improvements fast.
New boss Nathan Jones wants additions to the squad and two could be incoming soon according to reports.
First, a deal looks to have been agreed for Mislav Orsic, with a £6m fee payable for the Croatian attacking midfielder. He’ll be having his medical soon, it appears.
Secondly, Saints want Michael Keane from Everton, with the centre-back well out of favour with Frank Lampard and the Athletic claiming that while the south coast team want a loan, the Toffees might only take a permanent deal.
Jamie Braidwood6 January 2023 17:25
Bryan Gil set to stay at Tottenham this month
Tottenham forward Bryan Gil is set to remain at the club this month following his impressive appearance against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old had been linked with a loan move away, potentially back to Spain, but played a key role in Tottenham’s 4-0 win at Selhurst Park.
And Tottenham assistant head coach Cristian Stellini said he expects the Spaniard to remain at Spurs this window.
“I think so, yeah,” Stellini said when asked if Gil would stay at Tottenham. “He could and he’s playing very well. We’re so happy because he’s another player we worked a lot with.
“He has a great, great, great improvement, because he trains every day 110%. He puts in all his energy every day and this is why he deserved to play a good match to be important in that match, with an assist, and the last pass before an assist. It was a great match for him.”
Jamie Braidwood6 January 2023 17:05
Manchester United loan a ‘really good move’ for Jack Butland
Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira believes goalkeeper Jack Butland’s loan to Manchester United will benefit both clubs.
The move was confirmed on Friday morning, with the 29-year-old set to provide a third option for Erik Ten Hag, who also has number one David De Gea and Tom Heaton at his disposal.
Vieira has been vocal about the need for January reinforcements to his inconsistent 12th-placed side and Butland’s departure could free up both space and resources.
He said: “I think for us, we knew that we had three really good goalkeepers and Jack was one of them, and sometimes a player wants to have more time on the field than you can promise, so I think at the end it’s a really good move for Jack.
“And the last couple of years that I’ve worked with him, he has been a real professional and we wish him all the best.”
Jamie Braidwood6 January 2023 16:45