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Why Manchester United will find it very difficult to land Felix or Depay in January

Manchester United heavily backed Erik ten Hag in the summer transfer window but more reinforcements are needed at Old Trafford.

This is especially the case in attack after Cristiano Ronaldo left the club in November following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan. 

United have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix and Barcelona’s Memphis Depay. However, completing a deal for either player will be difficult for the Red Devils. 

Felix has failed to make a big impact at the Estadio Metropolitano following his £113 million move in 2019. 

The Portugal international is expected to leave the Spanish club after his fall-out with manager Diego Simeone. He has been struggling for game time this season, earning only five La Liga starts. 

The Red Devils will have to beat competition from Newcastle United and Chelsea, clubs who also boast similar financial muscle.  

The two clubs are also top contenders for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season. They could offer lucrative wages to appeal to the Portuguese player.

Pursuing a deal for Depay will also see them in direct competition with Chelsea and Newcastle. 

The 28-year-old’s current contract at Camp Nou expires in six months, and he could be signed for a bargain fee. That’s why there is interest from several top European clubs. 

Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Juventus have all been credited with a transfer interest in the Netherlands international. 

With competition fierce, United will have to make considerable efforts to secure a deal for either Depay or Felix in the January transfer window. 

The Red Devils were heavily linked with a move for Cody Gakpo and were believed to be leading the race for him.

However, Liverpool stole a march on them and secured a deal for the Dutch winger. 

United will have to act quickly to land their other targets in January.