5 Transfer Targets for Manchester United in January

Trippier

Kieran Trippier – Atletico Madrid

According to the Athletic Manchester United have held talks with Atletico Madrid and England right-back Kieran Trippier. The 30-year-old has been a regular for Atleti since leaving Tottenham Hotspur at the start of last season, playing every minute in La Liga this campaign under Diego Simeone’s management, but could be tempted by a move back to his hometown of Manchester.

With United right on the tail of Liverpool who are top of the league, it is obvious that they are lacking depth at right-back, as shown in their fixture at Leicester City on boxing day, where centre backs Victor Lindelof and Axel Tuanzebe were forced to play out of position due to the absences of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lacks an attacking threat down the right-wing and often struggle for width, meaning that Trippier would be ideal as he is more of a wing-back than former Crystal Palace man Wan-Bissaka. So far this season the former Spurs man has four assists in 13 La Liga appearances, whilst Wan Bissaka has the same amount in 47 matches for United in the Premier League since the start of last season.

Moises Caicedo - Independiente Del Valle

Manchester United have gone into a transfer tug of war with German outfit RB Leipzig for Ecuador international midfielder Moises Caicedo from Ecuadorian Serie A side Independiente Del Valle.

United will surely be looking to complete the deal this coming window to try and sort out any work permit issues in advance, as well as to try and bed the promising youngster into their squad, as they only have one natural defensive midfielder at the club in the shape of Nemanja Matic.

Caicedo would be the second Ecuadorian international to have played for the club after former club captain Luis Antonio Valencia and could significantly improve the balance of United’s midfield, due to being a good tackler and recoveree of possession. Caicedo has also managed to score six goals in 31 matches for Independiente and at the rumoured fee of £6m could be a very astute purchase if United do opt for the 19-year-old midfielder.

Yves Bissouma – Brighton and Hove Albion

Another defensive-minded midfielder that United have been linked to in recent weeks is Brighton’s Yves Bissouma.

The Mali international’s agent Michael N’Cho has told journalists such as Jonathan Shrager, a reliable Manchester United source that he has been in talks with six different clubs who are interested in the ball-winning midfielder.

Bissouma has very good defensive stats so far this season, averaging three tackles per game, as well as making 115 ball recoveries in 14 appearances for Brighton in the Premier League this season. To put his defensive contributions into perspective, he has a 62% tackle success rate in the league this season, whereas Fred has 39% having made 31 tackles in 11 games, 125 tackles less than the Brighton man has made in three fewer appearances.

Ben White – Brighton and Hove Albion

Ben White was subject of a lot of transfer interest in the summer, following an impressive loan spell in the Championship with Manchester United’s bitter rivals Leeds United last season, which saw the Brighton centre back win promotion with the Yorkshire side as champions.

So far this season, Brighton have struggled to get wins on the board, doing so twice, keeping just three clean sheets. The former Leeds United defender alike Bissouma has been a standout performer for the Seagulls, as he averages 1.9 tackles and 1.7 interceptions per game, as well as 1.5 clearances with no errors leading to a goal. The 23-year-old does fit the style that United are going for, as he is a ball-playing centre-back and does have the pace to compliment club captain Harry Maguire. In the summer White was quoted to be available for £40m, and has shown that he is a Premier League quality centre back and has plenty of time on his side to further develop his game, something which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team do often look for when signing players.

White is priced at 5/2 to leave the Amex Stadium for Old Trafford this January.

Ozan kabak – Schalke 04

Another defender that has been linked to Manchester United is promising Schalke centre back Ozan Kabak. The 20-year-old is already a Turkish international and has been valued at around £20m. The price was previously rumoured to be around £40m, but due to the Bundesliga side’s financial difficulties, it looks as though the Turkish man could leave for a cut-price fee.

Despite Schalke conceding 36 goals in 13 games league games, Kabak’s individual performances have been good, the problems at the VELTINS-Arena go far past the Turkish man, with his side on the verge of not winning a single league game in 12 months, as well as having three different managers since the start of the season. Kabak averages 1.3 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 3.1 clearances and 0.7 blocks per game for both club and country and is an accomplished ball-playing centre back, meaning that United could get a very good deal for a player that is held in high regard in the Bundesliga.

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