Four players Man Utd can afford and could sign in January transfer window

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The arrivals of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer boosted Manchester United’s Premier League title ambitions significantly, but things haven’t gone to plan this season, and Ralf Rangnick could be forced to act this January.

Manchester United seemingly had a brilliant summer transfer window as the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane were only boosted by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo on Deadline Day.

United made an unbeaten start to the season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and their signings made them strong title challengers on paper, but things began to quickly turn sour at Old Trafford.

Following an awful run of results, Solskjaer was sacked and Ralf Rangnick was brought in to steer United until the end of the season, but the German may dip into the market this January to make his life a little easier.

United’s main priority continues to be their midfield, as they lack a leader in the middle of the pitch, but they could with some extra ability elsewhere too, as they’re not ticking defensively or in attack either

Here Express Sport takes a look at four players United could afford and potentially sign this January.

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Ousmane Dembele

United have been linked with Barcelona contract rebel Ousmane Dembele for some time, and the Catalan side appear to have admitted defeat as they look to offload the Frenchman.

Barcelona paid over £100million for the star in 2017 as he arrived from Borussia Dortmund on a five-year deal, which expires next summer.

The Catalans have been trying to get Dembele to sign a new deal on reduced wages due to their financial crisis, but with the Frenchman refusing to budge on his demands, they have told the star he will not play for the club again, and AS have reported that Barcelona are looking for a speedy sale.

Dembele could be available for just £20m, as Barcelona look to at least make some of their money back to avoid losing him for nothing next summer.

Denis Zakaria

Another star who is out of contract next summer is Denis Zakaria, and the Borussia Monchengladbach director has admitted that their midfielder could leave in January.

Zakaria has been subject to interest from United, Liverpool and Arsenal as all three Premier League sides chase midfield reinforcements, but with their current situation revolving Paul Pogba’s stance, it’s essential that the Red Devils bolster in the middle of the park.

Monchengladbach are open to a sale to avoid losing the star for free, and the midfielder could be available for an extremely low cost, with some reports suggesting that the fee could be as low as £5m according to SPORT1.

Although the deal seems like a no brainer, there are still personal terms to be discussed, but the 25-year-old is eager to make a move.

Tariq Lamptey

Brighton and Hove Albion have been one of the surprise packages in the Premier League this season, and the rise of some of their stars have helped put them on the map.

Tariq Lamptey has been one of the standout performers for Brighton since they signed the full-back from Chelsea in 2020, and the 21-year-old has already attracted the interest of Bayern Munich.

United have also been linked with a move, although Brighton value Lamptey at £40m, which is £10m more than the Red Devils believe he is worth.

Diogo Dalot has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid following the departure of Kieran Tripper to Newcastle, and if the Spanish side can agree a deal, it’s likely that United could turn to Lamptey as a replacement.

Yves Bissouma

It’s not just Lamptey that’s stood out though, as Yves Bissouma has caught the eye of the majority of the ‘big six’ in England, with Brighton setting a £50m price-tag following interest.

The 25-year-old is currently on international duty with Mali, but has already scooped up a man of the match award at the Africa Cup of Nations, an accolade he is used to receiving for his performances at Brighton.

The midfielder has drawn comparisons to Pogba, and could be a natural replacement should the Frenchman leave United, and Bissouma would be considerably cheaper due to his inferior wage demands.

Brighton are reluctant to let their man go, but after they sold Ben White to Arsenal this summer for £50m, it proved that they are open to any sale as long as their valuations are met.

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