Manchester United transfer round-up: Memphis Depay domino effect as Scott McTominay stance reaffirmed
Manchester United appears to be planning to continue their busy January transfer window, with a couple of deals already done.
The Red Devils have agreed to loan out Jack Butland till the end of the season, and they have also agreed to bring Dutch attacker Wout Weghorst to Old Trafford for the next few months. It remains to be seen if any other newcomers join the pair in becoming Red Devils.
With that considered, here are the latest speculations from Old Trafford in the last 24 hours, with the window now open for two weeks.
Newcastle makes a choice on McTominay
Newcastle United has reportedly decided against pursuing a loan move for Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay. The Scot has been linked with a January move to St James’ Park, with the Magpies looking to strengthen their midfield options as they continue their bid for a Champions League spot.
When asked if his club had made an offer for McTominay, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe dismissed the reports out of hand. According to the Manchester Evening News, he stated: “That is not correct [offering for McTominay]. For us, the credit market is always a viable choice. However, I believe that finding the ideal player on loan will be extremely tough.”
The 26-year-old has made 21 appearances for the Red Devils this season, although only slightly more than half of those have been starts.
Elanga’s future is dependent on Depay.
Man United’s approach to Anthony Elanga’s short-term future at Old Trafford appears to be dependent on a move for a replacement forward, most likely former Red Devil Memphis Depay. United and Arsenal have both been linked with a bid for the Dutchman this transfer window.
According to talkSPORT, if the Barcelona star arrives at Old Trafford in January, Anthony Elanga could leave the club on loan. The young Swede has been linked with a loan move to Everton in the Premier League.
Elanga’s possibilities with United have dwindled this season, with only seven starts in all competitions under Erik ten Hag.
Wan-Bissaka In the midst of transfer interest, a U-turn was executed.
While Elanga may leave, one player of the present squad may be set to stay despite appearing to have no future. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, a right-back, has been linked with moves to both Wolves and Crystal Palace.
However, after regaining his place in the starting lineup in recent weeks, he now appears to be here to stay. According to MailPlus, Wan-Bissaka is expected to remain at the club after Ten Hag was impressed with his efforts.
The Dutchman now believes he has a viable replacement for the injured Diogo Dalot.