Though Manchester United have made a marked improvement under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, they will need to be active in the summer transfer window if they are to kick on.
There are several areas of the squad that the Red Devils will need to reinforce in order to mount a serious Premier League title challenge next term.
That includes defence, with Solskjaer keen to find a top-quality partner for Harry Maguire at centre-back.
Edinson Cavani’s impending departure also means United will most likely need to bring in a new striker to lead the line.
Here, Mirror Football rounds up the latest Manchester United transfer news…
Solskjaer names Fred replacement
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly told United chiefs the player he wants to replace Fred in the Red Devils’ midfield.
Fichajes claim that the United boss has identified Miralem Pjanic as the man to take his midfield to the next level.
Pjanic only joined Barcelona last September but has failed to break into Ronald Koeman’s plans this season, starting just six games in La Liga.
While not the biggest area that they need to improve in, United’s defensive midfield, and Fred in particular, has been criticised this season.
Dalot drawing admirers
Diogo Dalot looks to be edging closer to a return to Italy this summer after a mixed spell on loan at AC Milan.
The right-back failed to convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he could be the back-up to Aaron Wan-Bissaka and joined Milan on a season-long loan.
But the 22-year-old has struggled for consistent game time at the San Siro, as Milan have challenged for the Serie A title.
Dalot’s mixed spell has not put suitors off though, with Record reporting that Napoli are now considering a deal to bring him back to Serie A on loan next season.
Ronaldo ‘willing’ to take United pay cut
It would be one of the most stunning transfers of recent times, but the rumours linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a return to Manchester United continue to persist.
The Portuguese superstar had a highly-successful six-year spell at Old Trafford, winning three Premier League titles and scoring 118 goals.
And as he enters the final year of his contract at Juventus, Gazzetta dello Sport report he would be ‘willing’ to take a paycut to sign for United if an offer arrived.
Despite that though, the Italian newspaper state that hopes of a deal actually happening are not high.
Man Utd could agree fee to seal signing of £25million star
Wolves were able to dominate and beat Manchester United in their own backyard last night and the Red Devils must act swiftly in the winter transfer window to improve the squad.
Midfield remains their weakest department and the latest reports suggest that Ralf Rangnick wants to hire the services of Swiss international Denis Zakaria.
As per Jonathan Shrager, the Old Trafford club have made contact to sign the play breaker, whose current deal with Borussia Monchengladbach will expire in the summer.
According to The Mirror, Man Utd have identified the 25-year-old as the top target for the January transfer window. It is claimed that big European clubs are interested in the Bundesliga star but Man Utd could agree to pay whatever fee required to beat the competition and seal his signing this month.
The famous British news source have claimed that the 40-capped international is rated at £25million. Monchengladbach would be really lucky if they can get £25million from his sale knowing that he can leave for nothing in six months.
Rangnick is looking for a versatile player in the center of the park and Mirror Sport claim that Zakaria fits the bill. Top teams need top defensive midfielders. In the Premier League, the likes of City, Liverpool and Chelsea are miles ahead of the rest and the trio have Rodri, Kante/Joringho and Fabinho respectively.
In the current campaign, the German club have so far struggled and they find themselves just two points above the relegation zone after 17 games. The former Young Boys holding midfielder has been out of form as well.
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Man Utd plan talks to sign €20m sensation with 24 goals this year – report
The 21-year-old is regarded as one of the best young forwards in Argentina. He has been exceptional for River Plate over the past 12 months.
Alvarez bagged 24 goals since the beginning of the year, and it appears United are keen on luring him to the Premier League.
Argentina outlet Ole recently claimed that United made an enquiry to River Plate. It is now reported that talks are planned with his representative.
Agent Fernando Hidalgo is due to travel to Europe to discuss with interested clubs next month. United are expected to discuss a potential transfer.
River Plate don’t have any plans of selling Alvarez. Any interested club will have to trigger the €20 million release clause on his contract.
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Ralf Rangnick has not been impressed with what he has seen so far at Manchester United.
The interim German boss was not satisfied with performance levels in the narrow victory over Norwich and the Red Devils were even worse in the draw against Newcastle.
United are struggling to adapt to Rangnick’s ideas and were extremely fortunate to leave St James’ Park with a point on Monday evening.
On the evidence at Tyneside, Rangnick will struggle to reach the top four with his current squad, particularly given the form of London trio Arsenal, West Ham and Tottenham.
Rangnick is about to enter his first transfer window as manager and may feel additions are necessary to improve chances of Champions League qualification.
Here, Mirror Football rounds up all the latest transfer gossip surrounding Old Trafford.
Haaland decision deadline
Borussia Dortmund have reportedly set a deadline for striker Erling Haaland to make a decision on his future.
According to BILD, Dortmund have given Haaland until the end of February to decide whether he wants to leave the club.
The Norwegian is believed to have a £68m buy-out clause in his contract that will become active after the summer transfer window in 2022.
Haaland already has 19 goals this term and United will have plenty of competitors should they seriously decide to pursue the forward.
Napoli target Tuanzebe
Tuanzebe, 24, is currently on a season-long loan at Aston Villa, where he has only managed nine starts.
And according to Gianluca di Marzio, Serie A side Napoli are already in talks to interrupt Tuanzebe’s loan in the Midlands.
Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti wants Tuanzebe to make the switch to Naples until the end of the season with an option to buy in the summer.
It is claimed that Tuanzebe’s versatility across a number of positions make him an exciting prospect for Spalletti.
Rangnick’s Henderson decision
That’s according to the Manchester Evening News, who claim the interim boss wants to have three ready and available first-team goalkeepers in his ranks.
Henderson, 24, has made just two starts all season after missing the early stages of the campaign through Covid-19.
David de Gea has since been a standout performer for the Red Devils and Henderson’s development has completely stalled.
Ajax and Tottenham are among the clubs said to be interested in Henderson, with Spurs targeting the England ‘keeper as a potential long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris.
But it looks like Henderson may have to remain at Old Trafford until at least the summer and Rangnick’s decision could leave the pair at ‘loggerheads’.
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