Ed Woodward’s January Man Utd transfer plans laid out

Manchester United will not be completing any quick-fix deals in the January transfer window, instead bringing in players they consider to be summer targets.

The Red Devils are being tipped to bring in a number of winter reinforcements after an inconsistent start to the season that has seen them win just four of their first 12 Premier League games.

Among others, Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, Juventus midfielder Emre Can and Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland are reportedly on executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s wish list.

According to the Manchester Evening News, though, United will only look to sign summer transfer targets in the January window.

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They are not in the market for any short-term solutions, which could rule out a move for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

The 33-year-old looked to be on his way to Old Trafford in the summer when Romelu Lukaku was allowed to leave for Inter Milan.

In the end, however, a deal failed to materialise and Mandzukic stayed put in Turin.

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It is unclear where Cristiano Ronaldo, 34, would fit into Woodward’s visionary transfer strategy amid reports he is contemplating a United return.

According to football journalist Eduardo Inda, Ronaldo’s current club Juventus are keen to bring Red Devils ace Paul Pogba back to Turin.

Yet in order to do so, they would first need to clear the Portuguese’s monster salary from their books.

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“Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Juventus at the end of the current season if they do not win Champions [League],” he said on Spanish television programme ‘Chiringuito De Jugones’.

“He went to Turin to try and win his third Champions League with a different club but things are getting complicated.

Inda then added that the transfer could happen because “Juventus want to sign Pogba and [Kylian] Mbappe”, saying: “I think it is going to be difficult for them, especially the second one.

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“Due to the salary limits, if they want to sign these players they would have to allow for his [Ronaldo’s] exit from the club so it is becoming a very likely outcome.”

Woodward recently played down the idea of spending big in the January window, insisting long-term success won’t happen “overnight”.

“Our ultimate goal is to win trophies, playing fast, fluid, attacking football – with a team that fuses graduates from our Academy along with world-class acquisitions,” he said.

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“We know this will not be achieved overnight. However we have made investments across the club that we believe have set us on the right path.

“We have significantly invested in our recruitment infrastructure… demonstrated by the signing of [Harry] Maguire, [Daniel] James and [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka, who have all settled in well.

“We will continue with our strategy to promote the best of the players graduating from our Academy together with material investment in the coming summers to strengthen our young squad further and challenge for trophies.”

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