Man Utd dash Ten Hag striker plans with plan B involving Chelsea attacker now taking centre stage
TEAMtalk has discovered that Manchester United has cut Erik ten Hag off at the knees and will not spend much on a new striker in January, preferring to bring in a loan player who could be a Chelsea forward.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s sudden departure has left Ten Hag with a void on his attacking line. Ronaldo was never a regular starter for the Dutchman, but he was a reliable option off the bench when needed.
His departure by mutual consent fueled speculation that Manchester United would sign a direct replacement next month.
Indeed, a plethora of ready-made options, such as Cody Gakpo, Goncalo Ramos, and Joao Felix, to mention a few, have been linked.
According to the Telegraph, United is ready to make a £43 million move for PSV Eindhoven’s Gakpo in January.
That is already £8 million more than Gakpo’s previous valuation of £35 million, but still well short of the £65 million stated by FootMercato.
Only time will tell whether such a bid is made and then accepted or rejected. TEAMtalk has learned that United are reconsidering large expenditure during the winter window.
Manchester United will not spend heavily in January.
Ten Hag already has Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leading his line. We’ve since discovered that the Red Devils appear content to rely on that pair and, rather than splurging the dough on a front-line forward, will prioritize a short-term loan signing.
The goal is to prevent United from being duped into overpaying during the notoriously difficult winter window.
United will also have more time to research its targets throughout the summer, reducing the possibility of making a rushed decision that they would later come to regret.
Ten Hag will be disappointed by United’s stance that any January acquisition must be on loan rather than on a permanent basis as he attempts to strengthen his team for the second half of the season.
Man United was among the top spenders in Europe during the summer transfer window, spending £211.5 million on Ten Hag. The club would like to wait until next summer before making another significant investment in the transfer market.
To fill the vacuum left by Ronaldo, United may now seek a transaction compared to the loan acquisition of Odion Ighalo in January 2020. This would strengthen the squad for the second part of the season and set up a big-name forward arriving next summer.
A trustworthy source has strongly suggested that Christian Pulisic of Chelsea could join United on loan.
United is “considering a loan transfer” for Pulisic.
The 24-year-old American has recently struggled with form and fitness at Stamford Bridge. However, he has shown flashes of brilliance, and few options are better in the short run.
His presence would also hurt a top-four competitor, and ESPN’s Mark Ogden revealed in late November that he is aware Manchester United is considering a loan move.
“Manchester United will examine a loan move for Christian Pulisic when the transfer window opens next month,” Ogden added.
“Manchester United, Arsenal, and Newcastle have been made aware by those representing Pulisic that he is available and eager to transfer in January,” he added.
“I don’t believe Man Utd will be prepared to invest money in January to sign Pulisic. That applies to the majority of EPL clubs right now – January isn’t a significant market for them.
“But a loan move is certainly a possibility given they’ve let Cristiano Ronaldo go. Erik ten Hag does require more forward options.”