According to The Telegraph, Manchester United is reportedly planning to have a winter clearout. The club intends to sell off a number of players from Old Trafford in order to comply with the financial regulations of the Premier League. Instead of adding new players, United’s main focus in the January transfer window, as stated by their chief operating officer Collette Roche, will be to reduce the size of the squad. It has been reported that Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek is currently undergoing a medical examination with Eintracht Frankfurt, as he is expected to join the Bundesliga club on loan. Additionally, United is also looking to offload Jadon Sancho, who has been excluded from the squad due to disciplinary issues. The club is considering offers for Anthony Martial, Raphael Varane, and Casemiro, as their futures remain uncertain.
In other updates, Julen Lopetegui, the former manager of Wolves, Real Madrid, and Spain, is being linked to the Manchester United position, according to The Evening Standard. Lopetegui is among the contenders to replace Erik ten Hag, who is currently facing criticism at Old Trafford. The Spanish coach has expressed his interest in working in the Premier League, and his name has surfaced alongside other potential candidates like Graham Potter and Roberto De Zerbi. Ten Hag’s position has been somewhat relieved after the recent match against Liverpool ended in a goalless draw, but the impending acquisition by INEOS billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe could alter the circumstances.
According to The Mirror, RB Leipzig is said to have an interest in securing the signing of Jadon Sancho from Manchester United. The Bundesliga team is contemplating making a move for the ostracized winger in January, as he has fallen out of favor under Erik ten Hag. Sancho, who transferred to United from Borussia Dortmund in 2021, has encountered difficulties in reproducing his past performances. Leipzig might present him with an opportunity to leave, although his hefty annual salary of £17 million could make the transfer process more complicated.
In the meantime, Lyon is eager to acquire the services of Chelsea’s center-back Benoit Badiashile, according to The Sun’s report. The French player, who was purchased from Monaco for £35 million in January 2023, has struggled to secure a regular spot in the Chelsea lineup. With a budget of at least £45 million for the upcoming transfer window, Lyon views Badiashile as a top priority as they fight against relegation in Ligue 1.