This is the first edition of United Transfer Tracker, a new series here on United Ramble. In this weekly column, we will discuss the most prominent transfer rumours involving Manchester United. This week, with rumours coming in by the bunches leading up to the January transfer window, we will cover a couple defensive backs on United’s radar, as well as a young striker, and players who could be leaving Old Trafford.
Diego Godin, Atletico Madrid
United’s defensive woes have been well documented throughout this entire season, so far. Manager Louis van Gaal is keen to solve this issue by looking for a seasoned defensive back who can lead the young players in this Manchester United side. Diego Godin is tops on the Dutchman’s list heading into the January transfer window. Godin has a £28.5 million release clause in his contract which United could be willing to match. A move for the 28 year-old Uruguay international would provide van Gaal with an experienced defender who is considered one of the top centre backs in the world.
Mats Hummels, Borussia Dortmund
The fact the Hummels’ name still appears in rumours involving Manchester United must mean something, right? Maybe not. Either way, the talk is still alive and well heading into January, the most recent ‘news’ being that Hummels is unsatisfied with his team’s struggles in Bundesliga this season. That means he could be looking for a way out of Jurgen Klopp’s side. United would have to pay a steeper price for Hummels than they would for Godin, but he is younger (26 years-old), and may be a better quality defender.
Abdul Majid Waris, Trabzonspor
Manchester United’s assistant manager, Ryan Giggs, himself has been scouting the young striker from Ghana. That could be the reason that this rumour has reached prominence. The 23 year-old Waris has some potential and United could be looking for a young talented striker. The club at Old Trafford do have some competition in landing Waris, as another club has offered Trabzonspor £9.5 million for his services.
Javier Hernandez, Real Madrid (on loan from Manchester United)
Chicharito’s return to Old Trafford is nearly inevitable at this point as Real Madrid have all but totally snubbed the 26 year-old striker, but his departure may be just as probable. Hernandez needs ‘assurances’ that he will be playing first team football at his ‘next club’ hinting at his wish to leave Old Trafford after his loan spell at Real Madrid is up. The Mexico international has only been featured in 6 games for Carlo Ancelloti’s side, and struggled to find time at United before that.
Radamel Falcao, Manchester United (on loan from Monaco)
Monaco has asked Louis van Gaal to make a decision regarding whether he wants to make a permanent move for Falcao. It is a tough decision for the United manager as the Columbian has struggled with his fitness which has lead to trouble adjusting to Premier League play. His lack of goal-scoring and injury problems have hindered his chances of staying at Old Trafford on a permanent basis. van Gaal is not yet sure about paying £44 million in April to secure Falcao’s future.
Anderson, Manchester United
Although he has returned to training with the first team, Louis van Gaal has warned Anderson that he needs to have better fitness in order to play on his team. Whether the Brazilian is willing to meet the Dutch manager’s demands will decide his future at Manchester United. He has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in January, but a lot of teams are hesitant to pay his £60,000 weekly wage.
That is it for this first edition of United Transfer Tracker. Thanks for reading! Check back next Wednesday for more rumours and talks about Manchester United in the transfer market.