Bayern Munich identify Manchester United midfielder as backup transfer target

This summer’s transfer window only recently closed but clubs are already making arrangements for their mid-season business, with Manchester United potentially being one of the more active clubs this coming January.

On the incomings front, United were active throughout the summer albeit the majority of their business, which consisted of seven arrivals in total, came on the final day.

Ten Hag was keen on offloading a number of players as well and although some first-team figures did depart the club, there are still some players with futures up in the air.

Scott McTominay is certainly one of those players as it is still unclear whether he is in Ten Hag’s plans going forward or not, with Bayern Munich now said to be considering him going into the January transfer window.

The German champions were close to signing Joao Palhinha on transfer deadline day but the deal collapsed at the 11th hour, with the Portuguese international staying put at Fulham instead.

Prior to their proposed move for Palhinha, their interest in McTominay was gathering momentum in the press and it seems like they may be ready to relight that fire in a couple of months.

That’s according to The Sun, who say that although Palhinha remains their number one priority in January, McTominay has been identified as the backup option if the deal falls through once more.

Palhinha recently signed a new contract at Fulham and it remains to be seen whether there is a clause in his new deal that would allow him to join Bayern.

Nevertheless, it’s stated that Bayern are keen on a defensive midfielder and FC Bayern manager Thomas Tuchel liked what he saw from McTominay during his time at Chelsea.

McTominay has the chance to impress next week when United make the trip to face the Bavarian giants in the Champions League, with the Scotland international expected to start alongside Casemiro in midfield.

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