Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will be hoping for reinforcements when the January transfer window opens after a poor start to the season, and journalist Dean Jones has provided an update to GIVEMESPORT on their pursuit of Youssouf Fofana and Vanderson.
Paul Mitchell, who was involved with Monaco until October of this year, is in line to become United’s sporting director in the near future. As a result, we could see Mitchell raid his former club in order to bring in new additions for the Red Devils.
The Manchester club have struggled this term with a string of inconsistent results, and although continuously signing new players won’t always be a guaranteed fix, injury problems have highlighted some of the issues ten Hag has with his squad. Mitchell will be one of the men in charge of helping get deals over the line, once he’s officially appointed.
Manchester United set to raid Monaco
As per 90min, United are showing an interest in Monaco duo Fofana and Vanderson ahead of the January transfer window. Fofana, who could cost around £30m, is a young midfielder who could be a long-term replacement for the likes of Christian Eriksen and Casemiro, with Vanderson, who may set United back £53m, a right-back who may rival Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot in defence.
With Sir Jim Ratcliffe set to acquire a stake at Old Trafford, there is hope that he and his team are able to implement a new structure, altering their transfer plans. Over the last few years, United have invested a lot of money in ageing players, such as Casemiro and Raphael Varane, and they could now turn their attention to young, up-and-coming talent. Fofana and Vanderson are 24 and 22 respectively, which could signal a change in policy from the Premier League side.
The Monaco duo have performed exceptionally for the French club, with the Ligue 1 side currently in third place in the table, three points behind Paris Saint-Germain. Although a midfielder or a right-back might not seem like immediate pressing issues for ten Hag due to having plenty of bodies in these positions, United might be looking to bring in upgrades all over the pitch.