11 players Manchester United should sign in January

Greg Lea scours Europe for a handful of potential transfer targets for the Red Devils next month

1. Andrea Belotti, Torino

Belotti has found the back of the net 11 times for Torino in Serie A this season, with Inter frontman Mauro Icardi and Roma striker Edin Dzeko the only players ahead of the 22-year-old in the scoring charts. The former Palermo man is a strong runner who’s dangerous in the air and an intelligent mover on the ground, but it will probably be tough to tempt him away from Turin in the January window: Belotti’s contract includes a mouth-watering €100m buyout clause.

2. Naby Keita, RB Leipzig

Keita possesses a healthy blend of dynamism, intelligence and creativity

The driving force behind RB Leipzig’s surprise title challenge in the Bundesliga, Keita has emerged as one of the most sought-after young players in Europe in the last few months. Possessing a healthy blend of dynamism, intelligence and creativity, the 21-year-old midfielder has the ability to both build his side’s attacking moves and break down those of his opponents. He reportedly rejected approaches from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City in favour of a move to East Germany in the summer, but a big-money bid from Manchester United could be too good for Leipzig to turn down.

Naby Keita

Keita has won plenty of admirers for his performances in the RB Leipzig midfield this year

3. Victor Lindelof, Benfica

Lindelof is an aggressive and robust centre-half who should have little trouble adapting to English football

Phil Jones’ unanticipated re-emergence as a credible option at centre-back has been a major boost to the Red Devils in the last few weeks, but another defender wouldn’t go amiss at Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho continues to build a squad strong enough to win the Premier League as soon as possible. Lindelof, an aggressive and robust centre-half who should have little trouble adapting to English football, was linked with a move to United in November.

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