It is no secret that Erik ten Hag is desperate for a striker after losing last season’s top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo under acrimonious circumstances.
Despite the manager’s insistence, the club’s finances are stretched at the moment after their summer splurge and the imminent sale of the club by the Glazers.
Laurie Whitwell of The Athletic has revealed that the Glazers are unwilling to dip into the club’s credit facility to fund a major purchase in January as the team are currently on course for a top-four finish.
United’s striker search affected by budgetary concerns
Whitwell also revealed that Memphis Depay might come into consideration considering his contract ends in 2023.
The club had held talks with the player’s entourage in the summer but it was more agent-driven with the Dutch striker keen to leave the Catalan giants.
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“Memphis Depay will come under consideration, given he only has six months left on his Barcelona contract and should be available for a modest financial commitment.
“Talks were held last summer, although they were pushed more by Depay’s side.”
As for Joao Felix, Atletico Madrid’s wantaway forward, a loan deal has been mooted by the club but his loan fee coupled with his wage demands means the deal is currently beyond the Red Devils.
“Joao Felix has also been discussed but Atletico Madrid’s asking price far exceeds United’s valuation.”
What all this means is till the club gets a potential new owner, transfer funds will be limited and we might see no new arrivals to bolster Ten Hag’s options in January.
As for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the full-back has his suitors but he has played a few good games under the manager. But he might be sold despite the lack of competition for the right-back spot currently.
“Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones have been injured, so finding a club willing to take a chance this month will be difficult. Brandon Williams has only recently returned too but has value as a good, young full-back.
“Aaron Wan-Bissaka could yet be sold, despite putting in two good performances back to back. Several clubs have expressed an interest,” Whitwell added.
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