As the January transfer window opens, Erik ten Hag is eager to strengthen his Manchester United squad, hoping for a turnaround after a challenging first half of the season.
The 2023/24 season has been a rollercoaster for Manchester United, with moments of progress overshadowed by setbacks.
Erik ten Hag is looking ahead to the new year, anticipating a fresh start and increased consistency.
However, the recent defeat to Nottingham Forest added to the pressure on Ten Hag, and with the watchful eye of new minority investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the manager needs support. Here’s a roundup of the latest transfer rumors at Old Trafford.
Donny van de Beek’s Departure:
Manchester United has kicked off the January transfer window with the departure of Donny van de Beek to Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Dutch midfielder, whose time at Old Trafford has been challenging, has moved on to the Bundesliga on an initial loan deal.
Frankfurt retains the option to make the move permanent next summer for a reduced fee.
This marks United’s first move in the transfer market, and it remains to be seen if Van de Beek’s departure will open the door for new arrivals.
Astronomical’ Fee for Leny Yoro:
United’s pursuit of Lille’s 18-year-old center-back, Leny Yoro, might face financial hurdles.
Lille has set an ‘astronomical’ figure for Yoro, making a January move challenging for United due to Financial Fair Play regulations.
The talented youngster is also attracting interest from Manchester City, adding competition to the mix.
Varane’s Potential Exit:
As United explores defensive reinforcements, the future looks uncertain for Raphael Varane.
The French World Cup winner’s contract expires in June, and while United has the option to extend it, reports suggest they might be willing to let Varane go for free in the summer.
Varane seems to be on the path to an exit as the club assesses its defensive options for the future.