Manchester United transfer news and rumours: January transfer window 2021

Transfer news, rumours and gossip from Old Trafford; January transfer window runs until February 1; Man Utd and Liverpool keep eye on Jamal Musiala; Paul Pogba continues to be linked with a move away; Could Jadon Sancho talks be back on?

Paul Pogba in Carabao Cup action for Manchester United
Image: Could Paul Pogba leave Manchester United in January?

All the latest Manchester United transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2021 winter window.

'Sancho talks could resume in spring'

German football journalist Raphael Honigstein on the Transfer Talk podcast (January 15):

"He's beginning to click again. He looks really sharp, he looks up for it. By all accounts, he's had a really good, small, winter break. A few days off where he's come back full of energy. And you can see it on the pitch. And I think the debates or the names being mentioned will increase again, because his form is picking up again.

"But everybody in Dortmund knows nothing will happen in January, the player is not agitating for a move, there's a very clear agreement that transfers of that magnitude at Dortmund will only happen in the summer.

"There was a big transfer announced in January a couple of years ago. That was Christian Pulisic [to Chelsea]. But remember, even his deal was the deal for the summer.

"So no one's stopping United, if they went out, and felt really confident, to say, 'let's do this deal now, let's make sure we get in now'. And maybe then announce it at the end of January. That's inherently possible.

"We just haven't seen or heard anything to suggest that they are indeed ready and willing to come back to that negotiation at the moment. I think everyone at Dortmund is under no illusions that the player wants to leave.

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"But they think that the offers and the real negotiations will start closer to towards spring when clubs are perhaps in a better position to understand how much money they'll have available for their transfer window in the summer."

Medina linked: What do we know?

United have also been linked with 21-year-old Argentine centre-back Facundo Medina of Lens in the Daily Mirror - but what do we know about him?

South American football expert Tim Vickery on Transfer Talk (January 20)

"It would seem he is on United's radar. He didn't make the grade at River Plate, he went to a smaller side in Talleres, and now he's gone to France, where they seem to be very happy with him.

"He's a rugged left-side defender, is on the fringes of the Argentina squad, and he's a tough character with leadership qualities.

"He comes from the same neighbourhood as Diego Maradona, so a tough upbringing. But I don't think there's enough behind him yet to know if he's got enough to be a Premier League defender."

Van de Beek latest: Happy at Old Trafford

Donny van de Beek in action for Manchester United PA
Image: Donny van de Beek in action for Manchester United

Still only 249 Premier League minutes for Manchester United summer signing Donny van de Beek this season. So, what's the latest?

Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan on the Transfer Talk show (January 19):

"I think he went there with bigger hopes. His agent and the player were very proud the deal was done, and everyone at Ajax thought they'd produced another gem. But being a big star in Holland does not guarantee you a place in the biggest team in the world.

"Everyone is criticising him for his step now; Marco van Basten has said he can't believe Donny has gone there. But we have been assured by the player, and the agent, that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set out a plan for him. They want him to get used to the Premier League, and though he is not getting many minutes yet, he will get it. He has been promised.

"For this reason, he is not interested in any options abroad. We know Inter Milan are keen, we know Real Madrid are considering bringing him to the Bernabeu again if there is an option, but the player is not interested and really wants to have a go at a successful career at Old Trafford. He is convinced his time will come, and he is happy, and isn't giving an indication behind the scenes that he is not happy.

"Donny feels he has to prove himself in training, and he is up against the best in the world in Pogba and Fernandes. He knows he has to step it up. We know he can do it, he has that ability, that scoring ratio in him. So he is quite happy. Let's not forget: Van de Beek make this choice to move after several great conversations with Solskjaer. He knew what he was doing."

Ole: Diallo makes a difference in training

Odion Ighalo is set to leave by the end of January as his loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua comes to a conclusion, but exciting 18-year-old talent Amad Diallo has bolstered United's options after joining from Atalanta.

"Very good," said Solskjaer on his first impressions of the player. "He can handle the ball, he's enjoyed training and he makes a difference in training, which is quite remarkable at his age.

"So yeah, some adjustment to settle into the hustle and bustle or the physical part of the Premier League, but I can't see it being too long until he's in the squad."

Asked if it is likely to be four or five weeks until Diallo is involved, Solskjaer added: "It might be quicker than that. Who knows?

"He's definitely settled down well, the players have taken to him and he's a good character. Very polite, smiley boy, who works really hard.

"He's doing his sessions, getting used to us. Of course, there's always a period of adjustment needed but he's settling in well."

Will Lingard leave Old Trafford this month?

Jesse Lingard 1:32
Jesse Lingard's representatives have discussed a possible loan move to Nice for the Manchester United player - on January 14, the Good Morning Transfers panel thought it would be a good chance for him to get some minutes under his belt

Nice have cooled their interest in Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard (Sky Sports News, January 19).

Club president Jean-Pierre Rivere has played down the French club's interest in a loan move, after initial discussions took place. It's thought the longer this transfer window plays out, the more likely Lingard will stay at United.

Sky Sports News' Dharmesh Sheth, previously on The Transfer Show:

"The relationship between United and Lingard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Lingard is a strong one. They won't just release Lingard to bring in some money because they want to do the best by the player, such is the good relationship they share.

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Speaking on The Transfer Show on January 13, Dharmesh Sheth and Kaveh Solhekol discussed whether Lingard would be taking a risk if he was to leave Old Trafford in the transfer window

"Now, Lingard had his contract extension triggered last month so that runs until summer of 2022 so there's still a bit of time, if he wasn't to leave in this transfer window, to still get some money for him if they were to sell him permanently.

"It is thought, if United do allow him to leave, they would prefer he moved to a foreign club."

The latest players linked with a move to Man Utd

Manchester United could be forced to wait at least two years for the chance to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club, according to reports
Image: Manchester United could be forced to wait at least two years for the chance to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club, according to reports

Jamal Musiala - Liverpool and Manchester United are paying close attention to contract negotiations concerning Bayern Munich youngster Musiala after talks seemed to reach deadlock (Goal, January 22).

Christian Eriksen - Manchester United have reportedly made an offer to sign Eriksen from Inter Milan that would have been "laughed out of court" in normal circumstances (Daily Star, January 21).

Facundo Medina - Manchester United are reportedly serious about signing the Argentina international from RC Lens this winter (Mirror, January 20)

Cristiano Ronaldo - Manchester United could be forced to wait at least two years for the chance to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, according to reports (Daily Express, January 16)

Dayot Upamecano - RB Leipzig are not considering selling their centre-back Dayot Upamecano this month even though he can leave in the summer for a cut-price €42m (£37.4m) (The Guardian, January 15); RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has opened the door to a possible transfer for the centre-back after insisting that the Bundesliga club will always consider selling their assets for the right price (SportBild, January 10)

Erling Haaland - The Dortmund striker will likely be the subject of more than one approach from a major club in the summer transfer window (Mirror, January 19); Barcelona could ruin the long-term plans of both Manchester United and Manchester City by launching a bid for Haaland due to Mino Raiola (Daily Mirror, January 14)

Kalidou Koulibaly - The Napoli defender is reportedly keen on a move to United (Daily Express, January 23); Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has warned United and Liverpool they must offer at least £100m if they want to sign Koulibaly this month (The Sun, January 13)

Declan Rice - Rio Ferdinand predicts Declan Rice would prefer to join Chelsea despite recent speculation that Manchester United are keen on the West Ham star (Daily Mirror, January 13); The West Ham midfielder has no interest in moving to Old Trafford (Daily Mirror, January 10)

Jadon Sancho - Borussia Dortmund are putting a Jadon Sancho contingency plan in place amid fears of a Manchester United transfer (Daily Star, January 13)

Yusuf Demir - Manchester United and Real Madrid are reportedly interested in signing teenage midfielder Yusuf Demir from Rapid Vienna (Daily Express, January 12)

Romain Faivre - Manchester United are reportedly ready to lock horns with Paris Saint-Germain for Brest midfielder Faivre (Daily Star, January 10)

Could Boubakary Soumare be on his way to Old Trafford?
Image: Could Boubakary Soumare be on his way to Old Trafford? - AP photo

Boubakary Soumare - United are leading the race for the promising Lille midfielder (Football Transfers, January 9). United are reportedly battling AC Milan for Lille midfielder (Sun, January 4).

    Jack Grealish - Aston Villa plan to dismiss any approaches for Jack Grealish during the January transfer window despite renewed interest from leading clubs (Daily Mail, January 6); United are still interested in signing the playmaker despite the collapse of his move from Aston Villa in September. (Daily Mail, January 1).

    Jack Grealish in action for Aston Villa
    Image: Could Jack Grealish be on his way to Man Utd in January?

    Patson Daka - The Manchester United and Liverpool target wants to emulate fellow African stars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane by becoming a hit in the Premier League (Daily Mail, January 7).

    Jadon Sancho - Borussia Dortmund have blamed Sancho's slump in form this season on his head being turned by Manchester United's summer pursuit of the England winger (The Daily Telegraph; January 5).

    Confirmed Man Utd signings

    Amad Diallo - United have completed the signing of Atalanta's Ivorian winger on a four-and-a-half-year deal. (January 6)

    The latest players linked with a Man Utd exit

    Paul Pogba - United and Pogba will put a decision on the midfielder's future on the backburner until the end of the title race (Daily Mail, January 23); Juventus are preparing to make a move for the Frenchman next summer. (Daily Express, January 18); Mauricio Pochettino has made Pogba his number one transfer target following his appointment at Paris-Saint-Germain (Daily Star, January 10; United will sell in the summer after accepting the France midfielder will not be signing a new contract. (Mirror, January 3); Manchester United will allow Pogba to join Juventus in a swap deal, but do not want Aaron Ramsey in return (Daily Mirror, January 5).

    Jesse Lingard - Lingard is weighing up a move to Sheffield United on a six-month loan to give him regular first-team football (Daily Telegraph, January 18); Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has remained tight-lipped over the midfielder's future amid reports that the United outcast has held talks with Ligue 1 side Nice over a move. (Daily Mail, January 18); Lingard's representatives have held initial discussions with Nice over a loan move, with an official approach expected in the next week (Sky Sports News, January 14); Inter Milan will pursue a loan deal for the out-of-favour forward if Christian Eriksen leaves the San Siro this month (The Sun, January 10); Manchester United have triggered Lingard's contract extension meaning he has 18 months of his current deal left to run but his representatives have been speaking to other clubs in preparation for a potential move and a decision is expected to be reached in mid-January. (The Transfer Show, Sky Sports News, January 5).

    Juan Mata - Mata's time at Manchester United appears to be drawing to a natural close (Daily Mirror, January 21); The Manchester United star could be on the verge of a return to Valencia, according to reports in Spain (Sun On Sunday, January 17).

    Odion Ighalo - Ighalo is set to leave Manchester United this month, but the striker has revealed he is desperate to extend his loan at the club (The Sun, January 15); Clubs in Qatar and Saudi Arabia are interested in signing striker Ighalo when his loan spell at Manchester United expires on January 31. Two unnamed Premier League clubs have also made tentative enquiries (Sky Sports News, January 5).

    Timothy Fosu-Mensah - United are set to begin a second wave of squad clear-out after the defender's departure (Daily Telegraph, January 14)

    Sergio Romero PA
    Image: Sergio Romero is set to leave Man Utd this month

    Sergio Romero - The goalkeeper has reportedly bid farewell to staff at Manchester United as he edges closer to securing a move to Boca Juniors (Daily Mail, January 8).

    Brandon Williams - The United left-back wants to move to another Premier League club on loan, with Newcastle and Southampton linked with the 20-year-old (Manchester Evening News, January 9); As many as four Premier League clubs, including Southampton, are still waiting for Manchester United to decide whether or not to loan out Williams this month (Sky Sports News, January 6).

    Brandon Williams, Sergio Romero, and Jesse Lingard are among the players Solskjaer wants to depart in January (Daily Mail, January 5); United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will begin a major clear-out this week by speaking to six of his fringe players about loan or permanent moves away from the club. (Daily Mail, January 3);

    Marcos Rojo - Manchester United outcast Rojo has reportedly held talks over a move to join Boca Juniors (The Sun, January 5).

    Confirmed Man Utd departures

    Timothy Fosu-Mensah - Bayer Leverkusen, £1.8m

    The latest Man Utd contract news

    Jesse Lingard - The midfielder has had the one-year option on his United contract triggered. (December 31).

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