Six players Manchester United could sign on loan in January, including Real Madrid and Barcelona stars
Jan. 21, 2020
Manchester United could dip into the loan market in January as they look to cope with the absence of Marcus Rashford.
The striker injured his back in their FA Cup win over Wolves last week and is set to be on the sidelines for around six weeks .
“Marcus is going to be out for a while. He suffered a stress fracture against Wolverhampton [Wanderers],” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told talkSPORT .
“I don’t know how long he’ll be out for, but it’s normally six weeks before you can get going again and then he’ll need time to get match fit again.
“We’ve just got to deal with it for a while. He’s been absolutely fantastic all season. We had a similar situation with Anthony [Martial] out for eight weeks.”
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Asked if the injury will affect the club’s transfer plans this month, he added: “The permanent signings we’re looking at, those targets are not going to change because we’ve got two or three players injured for the next few months.
“We could look at some short-term deals that will take us up to the summer. But that might not be the case.”
Scott McTominay is also a long-term absentee with a knee injury while Paul Pogba continues to struggle with a foot problem that recently required surgery.
Danny Murphy on Marcus Rashford's injury
United are already short of attacking options following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan.
With two key midfielders also out, they could look to strengthen that position as well as adding another attacker.
Here at talkSPORT.com, we have taken a look at who they could target during the transfer window.
The Chelsea striker is out of contract at the end of the season and is set to leave the club but he could leave this month rather than wait until the summer.
Giroud has not played for the Blues since November and only has one club goal this campaign, which was against Liverpool in the European Super Cup.
The 33-year-old could do a good job if he was to sign on a short-term deal until the summer as he looks to play more ahead of Euro 2020.
They face competition from Inter Milan for his signature, though.
Cavani looks set to leave Paris Saint-Germain this month as the Ligue 1 club’s sporting director said he had handed in a transfer request.
There could be the possibility of getting him on loan, or for a small transfer fee despite the fact his contract is due to run out in the summer.
The 32-year-old is proven goalscorer and is just the sort of player United would need.
The 22-year-old made a big money move from Eintracht Frankfurt to Real Madrid over the summer worth £62million.
Things haven’t gone to plan, though, as he has scored just once in seven appearances.
The Sun report that Madrid could be prepared to let him leave on loan and United could be an ideal landing spot.
Bale has long been linked with a move to Manchester United for a number of years and this could be the opportune moment to take him on a temporary basis.
He has started just nine of Real Madrid’s 20 LaLiga games this season and his relationship with Zinedine Zidane is known to be rocky.
Barcelona seem more keen on getting rid of Rakitic than the player does himself with reports suggesting they are consider a swap deal with Juventus involving Federico Bernardeschi.
The midfielder insists he is happy with the LaLiga club but a loan move to United could suit both clubs in the short term.
He was handed a start in new manager Quique Setien’s first game though so may now be unavailable.
Another Barcelona midfielder who has fallen out of favour since the arrival of Frenkie de Jong is Vidal.
New manager Setien wants to keep him in his plans but Vidal’s relationship at the Catalan club has soured.
He reportedly sued the club over unpaid bonuses and a move away could still happen. Inter Milan are thought to be his favoured destination but United could also be an ideal landing spot.
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