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Manchester United tell fans not to expect January transfers despite working on sales

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Manchester United football director John Murtough has told fans of the club not to expect a busy January transfer window.

The Red Devils have been disappointing this season, making early exits from the League Cup and Champions League.

Man United are currently seventh in the Premier League table after 17 games, and manager Erik ten Hag needs squad reinforcements next month.

However, Murtough told a United fans’ forum not to expect any major business when the transfer window reopens next month.

“Looking ahead to the January transfer window, we are not expecting it to be particularly busy,” he told the forum as shared by The Athletic.

“There will always be the possibility of deals around the edges of the squad, particularly in terms of finding opportunities for players who are not playing as much football as they would like.

“However, we’ve always been consistent in saying that we do not see January as the optimal time to do business and our recruitment strategy remains focused on summer windows.”

Man United want to remain compliant with Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, and the delay in announcing Sir Jim Ratcliffe as co-owner after the British billionaire acquired a 25% minority investment in the Old Trafford club has affected their chances of recruiting next month.

The INEOS owner will no longer arrive on time to help oversee the transfer plans next month as he sets to take over the football operations of Man United.

As a result, the Red Devils will likely end up without any additions to their squad during the January transfer window, which would leave the fans disappointed.

However, they are expected to sell players and have been working on some outgoing deals.

Donny van de Beek is expected to join Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt on loan in January and has already had his medical.

Jadon Sancho is also expected to leave having last played in August, while Sergio Reguilon, Anthony Martial and Raphael Varane have also been linked with potential exits.

Man United signed Mason Mount, Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund for a combined £163 million during the last summer transfer window, while Altay Bayindir joined from Fenerbahce.

Jonny Evans was snapped up as a free agent and Sofyan Amrabat and Reguilon joined on loan deals, but the club’s fortunes have not improved on the pitch, and failure to sign players next month could be a massive blow.