Manchester United scouts have been very busy in the first half of January with visits to Spain, Italy and Portugal all widely reported by the media but so far, there has been no movement into Old Trafford.
Anderson has joined Fiorentina on loan pending a medical this week but United fans are holding out hope that a new face might be joining. However, there are two names that are now unlikely to move to United this January.
Nemanja Matic was somebody who ticked all the boxes for what David Moyes. A top class, available, long term prospect who has bags of experience, Matic is a defensive midfielder with added panache.
If you were a man who liked to place football bets, despite United’s necessity for someone like Matic, Chelsea would always have been his likely destination and so it has proved.
Matic has now confirmed he will move back to Chelsea, the club that previously sold him. In all likeliness, it will be just in time to face us against the weekend as well where he is all but guaranteed to have a blinder of a debut.
Another one bites the dust.
Ivan Rakitic was another name thrown in the United midfield tombola after he admitted he was honoured by United’s interest in him and the links were further strengthened when he insisted he was frustrated with his situation in Sevilla.
However, in a complete u-turn, Rakitic has now stated he loves life in Spain and has no intention to leave.
He said: “People know I’m happy in Sevilla, I’m really not under any pressure, my team-mates and all coaches see that I give my all on the pitch.
“I’m enjoying football here, I really love life in this city, so it is a great honour that there are signs of a new contract and that the board is really ready to sign me for an even longer period. We’ll see what happens.”
“Am I attracted to England? At this point about Sevilla I don’t care about another country, about another club.”
Moyes’ insistence that player availability would be United’s downfall in the January transfer window has proven true so far but with half of the month still to go, a hope still remains that a new face will come and strengthen the squad.