Manchester United transfer news LIVE: Man Utd target Enzo Fernandez and Cristiano Ronaldo replacement

Enzo Fernandez of Benfica seen during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between SL Benfica and Paris Saint-German at Estadio da Luz. Credit: Alamy
Enzo Fernandez of Benfica seen during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between SL Benfica and Paris Saint-German at Estadio da Luz. Credit: Alamy

Keep up to date with all the Manchester United transfer news and speculation ahead of the January transfer window.

United enjoyed a fruitful summer transfer window, with Erik ten Hag spending well in excess of £200m to reshape his squad.

United made a slow start to the new season, losing their first two games, including an embarrassing loss at Brentford, but an unexpected and most welcome win over Liverpool in Ten Hag’s third game kickstarted a vast improvement.

They were brought back down to earth by a 6-3 defeat to Manchester City but have recovered well. And with thoughts turning towards the January window, we take a look at all the players United are being linked with and who the original source of the story is.

The summer transfer window officially closed at 11pm, Thursday 1 September, with this list featuring any transfer line with regards incomings and outgoing at Old Trafford since then…

Cristiano Ronaldo

The uncertainty surrounding Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford was one of the biggest talking points during the summer transfer window.

After United only qualified for the Europa League, he made the Red Devils aware of his desire to add to his Champions League legacy at another club.

United initially insisted that they wanted to keep the 37-year-old but reports late in August suggested that they performed a U-turn and were open to a sale.

Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid all distanced themselves from a deal for Ronaldo, who ultimately ended up staying at Old Trafford. We’ve rounded up the latest major news about the forward.

– United are preparing for life without Ronaldo by prioritising a striker as their next major first-team signing. (The Daily Telegraph, November 5).

– Sporting manager Ruben Amorin is against signing Ronaldo, who doesn’t yet want to drop out of Europe’s top five leagues. (Ben Jacobs, October 31).

Napoli were interested in Ronaldo over the summer and are still keen but his wages could be an obstance to any deal. (The Sun, October 24).

– Ronaldo will prioritise a move within Europe if he does leave United in January. There is interest from MLS and Saudi Arabia but the forward wants to continue his Champions League legacy. (Fabrizio Romano, October 24).

– Chelsea could reiginite their interest in Ronaldo during the January transfer window and sign him on a short-term deal. (SundayWorld, October 23).

Frenkie de Jong 

United were heavily linked with De Jong throughout the summer transfer window and reportedly agreed a deal with Barcelona.

While the move didn’t materialise, the transfer rumour mill hasn’t stopped and we’ve rounded up the latest major news about the midfielder.

 De Jong has decided against leaving Barcelona if anyone comes calling in the January transfer window. (Sport, October 30).

– United are still interested in the midfielder but Chelsea and Liverpool are also exploring a possible deal. (ESPN, October 21).

– Ten Hag is begging United chiefs to launch a fresh bid to sign Se Jong in January and believes a deal will happen this time. (Sport, October 20).

– United have maintained contact with Barcelona in regards to resurrecting the De Jong deal in the future. (The Independent, October 10).

– Despite failing to sign De Jong in the summer, Erik ten Hag is adamant he can convince the midfielder to join United in 2023. (ESPN, September 30).

Jude Bellingham 

Bellingham has become one of the most sought-after players in the world and we’ve rounded up rumours linking him with United.

– The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has become Erik ten Hag’s top transfer target, replacing De Jong. (Daily Mirror, November 3).

 His representatives have been monitoring United and Liverpool closely to determine where the midfielder would fit best. (The Independent, October 10).

– United are putting themselves at the front of that race for Bellingham’s signature and have the financial muscle to beat their rivals. (AS, October 2).

– The midfielder is is central to Erik ten Hag’s plans going forward and United will look to beat Liverpool to his signature. (ESPN, September 30).

– United director of football John Murtough has maintained a good relationship with Jude Bellingham’s father. (The Atheltic, September 21).

Who have Man Utd been linked with?


Diogo Costa, Porto(Correio da Manha, October 28; The Athletic, October 27; Diario de Noticias, October 14).

Unai Simon, Atheltic Bilbao – (The Athletic, October 27).

Mike Maignan, AC Milan – (CalcioStyle, October 24).

Simon Mignolet, Club Brugge – (Het Laaset Nieuws, October 18).

Odysseas Vlachodimos, Benfica – (The Sun, October 13; Media Foot, October 7).

Tarik Karic, Zeljeznicar – (Reprezentacija, October 13).

Jan Oblak, Atletico Madrid – (AS, September 29; Jeunes Footeux, September 14).

Emiliano Martinez, Aston Villa – (Football Insider, September 26).

Jordan Pickford, Everton – (Daily Telegraph, September 24).


Milan Skriniar, Inter Milan(90min, November 4; InterLive, October 5).

Max Aarons, Norwich City (Football Insider, October 31).

Jeremie Frimpong, Bayer Leverkusen (Florian Plettenberg, October 25; Fabrizio Romano, October 24).

Antonio Silva, Benfica(O Jogo, October 24; Daily Mirror, October 8).

Alessandro Bastoni, Inter Milan  (InterLive, October 22; Fichajes, October 21; Gazzetta dello Sport, September 25).

Denzel Dumfries, Inter Milan – (Inter Live, October 14; Calciomercato, October 7).

Leon King, Rangers – (Fabrizio Romano, October 11).

Malo Gusto, Lyon – (90min, October 11).

Kim Min-jae, Napoli  (Il Mattino, October 4; Napoli Piu, September 27; CNN Turkey, September 22).

Pau Torres, Villarreal (La Razon, September 27).

Jurrien Timber, Ajax (Calciomercato, September 27).

Vanderson, Monaco (Sport, September 21).

Santiago Arias – (Johnson Saenz, September 9).


Dani Olmo, RB Leipzig(Fichajes, November 3).

Enzo Fernandez, Benfica(90min, Novemebr 2)

Brahim Diaz, AC Milan – (Nacional, November 1).

Edson Alvarez, Ajax(Calciomercato, October 29; ESPN, October 27).

Tyler Adams, Leeds(Football Insider, October 27).

James Maddison, Leicester City – (Fichajes, October 14).

Declan Rice, West Ham (Football Insider, October 8).

Davide Frattesi, Sassuolo – (Gazzetta dello Sport, October 8).

Adrien Rabiot, Juventus – (TuttoJuve, October 7).

Lucas Bergvall, IF Brommapojkarna  – (FotbollDirekt, October 5).

Sergej Milnkovic-Savic, Lazio(Gazzetta dello Sport, September 23).

Youri Tielemans, Leicester City(Fichajes, September 17).

Joao Gomes, Flamengo – (Liverpool Echo, September 17).


Benjamin Sesko, Red Bull Salzburg – (The Telegraph, November 5; 90min, October 5).

Dusan Vlahovic, Juventus – (The Telegraph, November 5).

Cody Gakpo, PSV (Rudy Galetti, November 4; Fabrizio Romano, October 27; Dean Jones, October 27; MediaFoot, October 23, Florian Plettenberg, October 12; Football Insider, October 1; Forbes, September 27).

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bayern Munich(MediaFoot, November 2).

Martin Terrier, Rennes (90min, November 1).

Tammy Abraham, Roma(Calciomercato, October 24; Calciomercato, October 17). 

Jhon Duran, Chicago Fire (The Sun, October 23).

Joao Felix, Atletico Madrid – (Sport, October 20; A Bola, October 14).

Rafael Leao, AC Milan – (Daily Mirror, October 16).

Lautaro Martinez, Inter Milan(La Gazzetta Dello Sport, October 15).

Marco Asensio, Real Madrid(Fichajes, October 13).

Goncalo Ramos, Benfica – (The Sun, September 20).

Hirving Lozano, Napoli – (Marca, September 29).

Kylian Mbappe, PSG – (Marca, September 14).

Brian Brobbey, Ajax – (, September 6).

Who has been linked with a move away from Man Utd?

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Crystal Palace – (The Sun, November 5; The Athletic, September 14).

Zidane Iqbal, loan, Middlesbrough – (Football League World, November 4).

Facundo Pellistri, loan(Fabrizio Romano, November 4).

Diogo Dalot, Barcelona – (Mundo Deportivo, November 1; Calciomercato, October 12; Sport, October 10; Fichajes, September 16).

Donny van de Beek, Valencia(Fichajes, October 28).

Diogo Dalot, Real Madrid – (Daily Mirror, October 22).

Diogo Dalot, Roma – (Calciomercato, October 12; Corriere dello Sport, September 23).

Diogo Dalot, Juventus – (Calciomercato, October 12; Calciomercato, October 1).

Donny van de Beek, Leicester City (Ekrem Konur, October 10; JeunesFooteux, October 4).

Luke Shaw, Newcastle (Football Insider, October 7).

Marcus Rashford, Arsenal  (Football Insider, October 5).

Anthony Martial, Inter Milan – (InterLive, October 5).

Donny van de Beek, Inter Milan – (InterLive, October 5; Fichajes, September 15).

Anthony Martial, Sevilla & Valencia – (Fichajes, October 3).

Diogo Dalot, AC Milan – (Calciomercato, October 1).

David de Gea, Juventus – (Calciomercato, September 26).

Marcus Rashford, Atletico Madrid – (Fichajes, September 19; Calciomercato, September 10).

Marcus Rashford, Chelsea – (Calciomercato, September 10).

Victor Lindelof, Roma (Rudy Galetti, September 16).

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, West Ham(The Athletic, September 14).

Contract updates

Alejandro Garnacho (Fabrizio Romano, October 28; AS, October 9).

David de Gea – (The Athletic, October 27; The Guardian, October 18).

Marcus Rashford – (Daily Mail, November 1; The Guardian, October 18; 90min, September 22; The Sun, September, 8).

Diogo Dalot(Manchester Evening News, October 17; ESPN, October 14; Fabrizio Romano, September 27; 90min, September 22).

Anthony Martial(Fabrizio Romano, October 4).

Not happening

Manuel Locatelli – (Fabrizio Romano, October 4).

Emiliano Martinez – (Football Insider, September 29).

Antoine Griezmann (Fabrizio Romano, September 19).

Moises Caicedo(Daily Mirror, September 11).

Gavi(Mundo Deportivo, September 9).

Sergej Milnkovic-Savic – (Football Italia, September 8).

Summer transfer window review

Manuel Locatelli – United tried to sign the Juventus midfielder in the summer, but he ‘politely declined’ the Red Devils. (Calciomercato, October 3).

Marcus Rashford – Kylian Mbappe wanted Paris Saint-Germain to sign Rashford during the summer transfer window. (RMC Sport, October 2).

Marko Arnautovic – Bologna director of football Marco Di Vaio has insisted that Arnautovic didn’t join United because he didn’t want to leave the Serie A side. (Corriere dello Sport, September 29).

Victor Osimhen – United were offered the chance to sign Osimhen towards the end of the window but Erik ten Hag prioritised Antony. (Fabrizio Romano, September 29).

Presnel Kimpembe – The defender was on United’s radar during the summer window but Paris Saint-Germain insisted he wasn’t for sale. (Le10 Sport, September 28).

Manuel Akanji – United considered a move for the centre-back but it didn’t happen because he was mainly admired by Ralf Rangnick, who left his position at Old Trafford. (Fabrizio Romano, September 27).

Frenkie de Jong – The midfielder has revealed that he wanted to stay at Barcelona throughout the summer transfer window. (September 21)

– United’s summer-long chase for De Jong ended in disappointment, and Red Devils director of football John Murtough privately admits they should have walked away from the deal a lot earlier. (ESPN, September 3).

Antoine Griezmann – United were one of a number of Premier League clubs to inquire about Griezmann during last summer’s transfer window. (The Athletic, September 18).

Cody Gakpo – United agreed personal terms with the PSV winger but decided against making a bid after spending £85million on Antony. (The Athletic, September 15).

Paulo Dybala – United tried to sign Dybala on a free transfer after he left Juventus at the end of last season, but the forward decided to join Roma instead. (Calciomercato, September 13).

Daniel Bachmann – The Watford goalkeeper has admitted he held talks with United before they decided to sign Martin Dubravka from Newcastle. (LAOLA1, September 13).

Moises Caicedo – United were the only club interested in Caicedo in the summer and they viewed him as a potential option before signing Casemiro. (Fabrizio Romano, September 12).

Joao Felix – United reportedly made a €130million bid for Felix in the summer but the Atletico Madrid forward has revealed that he was not aware of any interest in him from the Red Devils. (Marca, September 10).

Paul Pogba – Manchester City explored the possibility of signing Pogba this summer as his contract at United wound down. But he wanted to call time on his spell in the Premier League and ultimately opted for Juventus. (Fabrizio Romano, Here We Go podcast, September 7).

Antony – The Brazilian went on an Instagram rant after a row broke about between two rival agencies, who both claimed they were responsible for negotiating his record-breaking £85.5million move from Ajax to United. (Daily Telegraph, September 7).

Marco Asensio – Florentino Perez reportedly called United to offer them Asensio, but Erik ten Hag gave the idea short shrift and remained fully focused on reuniting with Antony. (El Nacional, September 5).

Cody Gakpo – Former United manager Louis van Gaal made sure PSV winger Gakpo didn’t join United during the summer window. (PSV TV, September 3).

Christian Eriksen – A fresh report has revealed how United pulled out all the stops to beat Tottenham to the signing of Eriksen. They offered him a staggering deal worth £200,000-a-week, as well as a £12million signing-on fee – far in excess of what Spurs were willing to pay. (Football Insider, September 3).

James Garner – The United academy graduate joined Everton on deadline day and it’s been revealed why Erik ten Hag decided to cash in(The Athletic, September 3).

Raul de Tomas – United made a late play to sign the Espanyol striker on deadline day, a report claims. United chiefs pushed to sign him but didn’t have enough time for the deal to reach completion. (Football Insider, September 2).

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