5 players Manchester United could sign before the transfer window closes
For many football fans, “Transfer Deadline Day” is always a true highlight of the football calendar; be that for the January transfer window or the summer transfer window.
Transfer Deadline Day is the final day of each of those windows, with clubs often frantically running around to get a deal finalised before the transfer window slams shut. Because let’s face it, transfer windows don’t just close quietly; no, they have to slam shut as agents, players and clubs desperately look to get deals signed off in the nick of time.
Right now, the English transfer window is edging ever closer, with any and all deals needed to be completed by 11 pm BST on January 31st. That means clubs that want to make reinforcements need to get their skates on, for time is of the essence.
One particular club that has been in the press a lot lately is, of course, Manchester United. Having brought in club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bring a sprinkling of positivity and joy to the doom ‘n’ gloom dressing room left behind by Jose Mourinho, the former United striker has been an instant hit as he's led the Red Devils to win after win after win.
Whether Solskjaer is ultimately handed the Old Trafford manager’s job on a permanent basis remains to be seen, but that’s not to say that the Norwegian won’t be looking to make a signing or two before the January transfer window closes.
With that in mind, then, here are 5 players who could sign for Man Utd before the end of January.
#5 Nicolo Barella
One of the hottest prospects in world football right now is Italian midfielder Nicolo Barella.
The Cagliari youth product has cemented himself in the club’s first team over the past few seasons, rapidly approaching 100 senior appearances for the Rossoblu since making his debut for the side in 2014.
What is so appealing about Barella is the poise and intelligence he so often shows for one so young – he doesn’t turn 22 until next month – and he has had standout performances in a variety of midfield roles; the young Italian international player has impressed with his creativity and dribbling skills, while simultaneously starring when used in a deeper position that saw his determined ball-winning ways showcased.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester United have joined the ever-expanding number of clubs who are circling Barella, meaning the Red Devils joining a who’s who of Europe’s elite sides that are monitoring the midfield star.
Recently, Inter Milan seemed to emerge as the frontrunners for Barella’s signature. Well, until Inter baulked at the £43 million that Cagliari are demanding for their star player. Those same Gazzetta reports go on to claim that Barella and Cagliari would be extremely keen on a switch to Old Trafford – should United be willing to match that £43 million price tag, of course.