Manchester United will reportedly have to resort to bargain buys and loans during the January transfer window.
The winter window would have been seen as prime opportunity for the club to strengthen a squad that has been lacklustre in both the Premier League and Champions League this season. There could be hope on the horizon for Glazer-hating United fans, with Ineos billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe set to buy a 25% stake in the club with a view to overhauling football operations.
While the sale of a quarter stake in the club is close, it is still to be finalised, leading to continuing uncertainty over January transfer plans with less than two months to go before the window opens. Complying with Financial Fair Play restrictions is also an issue, reports the Daily Mail.
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The potential sale of Jadon Sancho, whose relationship with Erik ten Hag is seemingly beyond repair, would raise funds, although his value is likely to have crashed thanks to his disappointing spell at Old Trafford since arriving from Borussia Dortmund. United would reportedly like to sign Brentford’s Ivan Toney, but the striker’s £100million price-tag is likely to be beyond their reach, at least in the short-term.
Ten Hag would also like to bolster his shaky defence but, again, the club may be forced to look for cheaper options. The waters could be muddied further amid uncertainty over the future of two key figures involved in transfers, chief executive Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough.
According to the Manchester Evening News, both could be replaced as part of Ratcliffe’s shake-up of the football side of the club following a string expensive mistakes in the transfer market.
Ratcliffe, who also owns Ligue 1 leaders, is certainly not afraid to make changes, having hired Fabrice Bocquet as the French club’s chief executive in September 2022 while Florent Ghisolfi was poached from Lens as sporting director a month later.
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