Manchester United have been scouring the market for attacking reinforcements this January and Fabrizio Romano has the latest on two potential new arrivals at Old Trafford.
Adding depth to Erik ten Hag’s frontline is Manchester United’s primary concern this month after an encouraging run of form has taken the side into the Champions League places.
A tight budget, due to the Glazer family looking to sell the club, prevented the Red Devils from lodging any official bids for Cody Gakpo, who moved to arch rivals Liverpool instead.
But United have not been deterred and have targeted Wout Weghorst and Joao Felix to strengthen their attacking options on a temporary basis until the end of the season.
Weghorst is currently on loan at Turkish side Besiktas from Burnley but United have held talks over a potential deal, with Ten Hag eager to bolster his forward line following Cristiano Ronaldo’s acrimonious exit in November.
The Netherlands striker signed for Burnley from Wolfsburg for £12million last January, and managed just two goals in 17 Premier League appearances, but starred at the recent World Cup.
Meanwhile, Felix is free to leave Atletico Madrid three-and-a-half years on from his £115million move from Benfica having fallen out of favour under Diego Simeone.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Romano has given an update into United’s pursuit of the attacking pair.
“It’s true Manchester United are working to sign Wout Weghorst,” the Italian journalist said. “They’ve had contact with the player’s side and the player would be open and excited to joining United.
“He knows Ten Hag appreciates him and he’s convinced that his skills as a traditional No. 9 can help United as they have many important players in his position but they miss some kind of physical player.
“It’s now important for United to understand with Burnley and Besiktas how to deal with this situation and how to work on this loan deal with a buy option for €10million.
“United will discuss with the clubs before making a decision.”
About Felix, Romano said: “For United, the situation remains the same. They will not be bidding €18million, as asked by Atletico Madrid that includes loan fee, salary and taxes.
“United are not paying this but, if Atletico change their position, both United and Arsenal are interested in Felix. Otherwise, the deal is not easy at all. It depends more on Atletico than United.”