Manchester United are reportedly considering a move for a midfielder in January.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been left desperately short in the area after the club failed to sign a replacement for Ander Herrera or Marouane Fellaini this summer.
But according to Manchester Evening News, the Reds are aware of the need to sign at least one midfielder this year and could look to complete a transfer as early as the winter transfer window.
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The report claims the funds from the sale of Belgian Lukaku to Inter Milan may be reinvested in a target that Solskjaer has identified to sign in January.
It’s believed Vice-Executive Chairman Ed Woodward sat down with the Norwegian earlier this month to discuss possible targets, but it’s extremely unlikely a deal will be completed for young midfielders Declan Rice or Sean Longstaff in January, players United have an interest in.
Solskjaer prefers young, British options as part of his recruitment plan, but the Reds need to prioritise a proven central midfield player who can play alongside Paul Pogba.
Ideally, an attacking midfielder such as James Maddison would be brought in given United’s distinct lack of creative spark going forward, but a deal for the 22-year-old seems more probable next summer.
The January transfer window is known as a difficult month to pull off signings, and United are going to struggle acquiring their key targets midway through the season.