Manchester United want four new players as Erik ten Hag looks to shoot up the Premier League table in the second half of the season.
The Red Devils have had a tough campaign so far, with high-profile injuries and absences leaving Ten Hag's squad down to the bare bones. Takeover talk has loomed, while big defeats have left Manchester United way off the level required to compete in the title race at times.
The Guardian are reporting that Ten Hag wants to bring in four new players: a defensive midfielder, a No.8, a striker and a right-sided centre-back.
United have been without Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez for swathes of the season, having to rely on Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans for the most part – so a centre-back is no surprise. A striker is also high up on the agenda, given that Rasmus Hojlund is still young and has had injury struggles.
A new midfielder is a surprise, however, given that Mason Mount signed in the summer and Kobbie Mainoo has emerged as a serious option at No.8. Scott McTominay has also chipped in with goals but almost left over the summer.
A new defensive midfielder would be due to the indifferent start of Sofyan Amrabat. The Moroccan is on loan from Fiorentina but has failed to impress thus far, making any chance of United triggering his buyout somewhat unlikely at this stage.
Transfermarkt values Amrabat at €30 million.
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