Manchester United endured a rather strange transfer window.
They spent the majority of it chasing Jadon Sancho, the Borussia Dortmund winger, but they didn’t get him and instead brought in two 18-year-olds, in Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri.
They also signed Edinson Cavani on a rather strange free transfer, secured Alex Telles from Porto, and Donny van de Beek from Ajax.
The latter has yet to really make his mark, though, as he has yet to start in the Premier League.
And it seemed as though it could have got worse for the Netherlands international, as there were reports that there could be a move for Hakan Calhanoglu.
The AC Milan star is mainly a playmaker in the mould of Bruno Fernandes and it seemed as though he could have become the Portugal international’s team-mate.
But Sport Witness now carries a report from Calciomercato on the truth of the club’s pursuit of the Turkey international.
Sources close to the 26-year-old claim there have yet to be any real negotiations for the player, who has made 138 appearances for Milan since moving to the club in 2017.
He has scored 27 goals and registered 40 assists and with his contract expiring at the end of the season, United could have signed him on a free transfer.
However, it does not appear to be happening, with talks continuing over him potentially extending his deal at San Siro.
He is reportedly hoping to double his wages if he is to stay in Italy.
GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…
The last thing United need is a midfielder.
They have a genuine embarrassment of talent in the centre of the pitch.
There is Paul Pogba, Fernandes, Van de Beek, Fred, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, and Scott McTominay all vying for a starting spot in what is usually a three-man midfield.
Bringing in Calhanoglu may have appealed purely by virtue of him not costing anything but there is simply no need to sign him.
At last, it seems United have come to their senses, and they ought to be focusing their efforts on actually improving the squad rather than adding another midfielder to their swelling ranks.News Now - Sport News