As the January transfer window approaches, Manchester United is eyeing reinforcements to bolster their squad, particularly in the central defense and striker positions.
Journalist Dean Jones sheds light on United’s pursuit of Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo and their interest in experienced striker Mehdi Taremi from Porto.
After a challenging start to the season, manager Erik ten Hag is keen on fortifying the squad, especially in defense. The uncertainty surrounding Raphael Varane’s future and Lisandro Martinez’s absence have prompted United to explore defensive options.
With Varane potentially open to a move, the club is considering Todibo, among others, as a replacement.
Dean Jones, providing an update, mentions Todibo being at the top of United’s wishlist for January. However, the intrigue lies in the fact that Sir Jim Ratcliffe, set to acquire a 25% stake in United, also owns Nice, Todibo’s current club.
Jones acknowledges the potential complexities but emphasizes United’s identification of Todibo as a key player for defensive transformation.
Regarding striker options, Jones discloses United’s interest in experienced forward Mehdi Taremi from Porto.
Rasmus Hojlund, the 20-year-old Danish striker, has faced challenges adapting to the Premier League, prompting United to seek additional options to share the attacking burden.
Speaking about United’s potential moves, Jones highlights the situation with Varane, expressing that while players can turn around their situations at United, the French defender currently appears unhappy and might seek a move.
Jones concludes that Todibo and Taremi are on United’s radar for the upcoming transfer window, and their pursuit will be closely watched, especially given the potential influence of Ratcliffe’s involvement with both clubs.