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Man United plot January Bundesliga raid with four stars on the radar

Man United plot January Bundesliga raid with four stars on the radar

Despite their reluctance to make any moves in the January transfer window, reports have it Manchester United are considering loosening the purse strings ahead of the winter market.

The Athletic claims the Red Devils are plotting a raid on the Bundesliga and have shortlisted four players with attacking reinforcements firmly on the back of their minds.

Bayern Munich duo Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller are among those under consideration by United’s recruitment team.

Choupo-Moting was in terrific form for Bayern last season, but the summer arrival of Harry Kane has relegated the 34-year-old to the bench.

He has started just three of his 14 Bundesliga games this term, netting twice.

Choupo-Moting isn’t who United require, and even entertaining the idea of snapping him up reeks of shortsightedness from the recruitment team.

Muller has started six of his 13 Bundesliga outings for the Bavarians this season, with Tuchel often preferring the dazzling Jamal Musiala over the German legend.

Nonetheless, the 34-year-old has clocked a goal and six assists in the league. 

United hold a long-standing interest in Muller. But considering the German international only recently pledged his allegiance to Bayern for the next two years, they’d have to wait until 2025 before making a move.

Former Chelsea flop Timo Werner is one of the four players being analysed by United after falling out of favour at RB Leipzig.

Werner has found playing time hard to come by at the Red Bull Arena since the arrival of Lois Openda, and the Belgian’s exceptional form means the ex-Chelsea man may need to find a new club.

With United reportedly interested, a return to the Premier League could be on the cards, but any move for the struggling German would come off as nothing but an act of desperation.

The only striker on United’s four-man list that could excite the club faithful is VfB Stuttgart’s Serhou Guirassy, who has taken the German top flight by storm.

Guirassy has been one of the best strikers in Europe this season, bagging 17 goals and one assist in 14 league appearances.

The Guinea international has an affordable €17 million release clause waiting to be triggered, but United will need to free up their books to make the deal happen due to Financial Fair Play concerns.