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Three players Man Utd could sign on loan before transfer deadline

Manchester United have had a disappointing 2023/24 campaign and they are currently seventh in the Premier League, eight points adrift of the top four.

The Red Devils have already bowed out of the Carabao Cup and Champions League. The FA Cup is the only realistic chance to win a trophy this season.

Manager Erik ten Hag won’t have any funds to spend on permanent signings due to the Financial Fair Play situation, but a loan deal remains an option.

With the club having already signed Sofyan Amrabat on a temporary basis, they can afford to register only one more loan signing for the campaign.

Here are three potential loan targets for United:

Goncalo Ramos – Paris Saint-Germain

The 22-year-old had a sublime season for Benfica last term with 27 goals and 12 assists across all competitions. He also starred for Portugal at the World Cup with a memorable hat-trick in the 6-1 rout of Switzerland in the round of 16 stage.

The Portuguese earned a move to Paris Saint-Germain last summer, but he has played less than 900 regular minutes thus far. The €80 million signing has fallen out-of-favour with manager Luis Enrique. United should try and pursue him on loan with a buy clause for the summer.

Karim Benzema – Al-Ittihad

Benzema made a surprise move to the Saudi Pro League last summer after rejecting a new contract at Real Madrid. The Frenchman netted 31 times for the La Liga giants last season and he has continued to impress with 12 goals in the Middle East.

The 36-year-old has now turned up for recent training sessions at Al-Ittihad with a view to a potential return to Europe. United are mentioned as his admirers. The Red Devils should contemplate bringing him on loan to ease the scoring burden on Rasmus Hojlund.

Jean Clair-Todibo – Nice

Todibo has been linked with the Red Devils since the summer transfer window. The French centre-back was an option in the final weeks before the deadline, but United could not afford him due to FFP issues. They needed a high-profile exit which did not happen.

Things have not changed but a loan deal could be pursued with the help of Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who is also the owner of the French club. This could be a complicated one to pull off as the integrity of the move could be questioned by the Premier League with Ratcliffe yet to secure his minority stake at United. His deal with the club will only be rubberstamped next month.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com

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