Pogba’s contract, Martial’s exit and how Man Utd’s January transfer window could look

December 31, 2021
There are unlikely to be many new faces arriving at Old Trafford next month but some big-name players could be heading for the exit door

With the transfer window just about to reopen, Manchester United are being linked with a whole host of superstars, while a large number of players are also being tipped to depart.

However, interim manager Ralf Rangnick has already made clear his feelings on doing business in January. 

When recently pressed on the prospect of new arrivals, the German told reporters: “It needs to be a player who improves the team. It needs to be a high-quality player, no matter in which area of the pitch.”

Potential ins 

Letโ€™s start this section with a dose of reality. While the names that are going to be mentioned are players that are undeniably admired at Old Trafford, sources say that United expect to have a “very quiet” window in terms of signings. 

Thatโ€™s not to say a big name couldn’t arrive. After all, United acquired Bruno Fernandes in January 2020 and the Portuguese had a transformative effect on the team, so the board are more than aware of the impact a mid-season signing can have.

However, they would only make a move in the upcoming window if a long-term target is suddenly put up for sale. Indeed, Rangnick has been told he will be backed in the transfer market if the right player becomes available at the right price.

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A midfielder is top of the shopping list for the summer, with RB Leipzig’s Amadou Haidara, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham all of interest. However, the chances of any of those players arriving in January remain very slim. 

In terms of attacking options, Erling Haaland is still the primary target but Borussia Dortmund have no intention of letting the Norway international leave Signal Iduna Park next month. United will instead battle it out with a host of top European clubs to try to sign the striker at the end of the season. 

Potential Outs 

With such an inflated squad and a number of players unhappy with a lack of playing time, itโ€™s hardly surprising that outgoings are more likely than incomings next month.

Anthony Martial is the most likely departure, with the forward having made clear his desire to leave the club in January. However, United will not let him go on the cheap. 

GOAL understands that Sevilla have made an approach to take the France forward until the end of the season but United want a loan fee and for all of his wages to be covered by the Spanish side.