The January transfer window is now open and it is already apparent that Manchester United do not have much of a plan.
The club has briefed that January is a ‘tricky market’ despite a desperate need for new additions.
Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool have already done deals this month. United have no excuse.
Clubs do not always want to lose players mid-season. Sometimes they do not have a choice.
Release clauses make United’s task easier, if the Red Devils take the proactive approach to pay up. It certainly would save time negotiating during a short window.
Here is a look at six potentially outstanding additions who could change Manchester United’s season.
Hwang Hee-Chan ~ £20 million
Red Bull Salzburg could lose their third player this month if Hwang Hee-Chan follows Minamoto and Haaland’s exits.
The Telegraph report Hwang has a release clause between 20 and 25 million Euros in his contract, with Wolves showing interest.
United should pay attention to the availability of a potential bargain attacker. He impressed in the Champions League with three goals and three assists in six games.
Eduardo Camavinga – £25.6 million
French wonderkid Camavinga has been a regular for Rennes this season and has attracted interest from Barcelona.
He has a reported release clause of £25.6 million, a fee which presents fair value for a player with potential to become one of Europe’s best.
The teenager is a confident defensive midfielder who is being touted as a future France international. He would be a statement signing for United, and he could contribute right away.
Timo Werner – £27 million
Timo Werner’s bargain release clause is outrageously cheap for a player of his quality.
Even though midfielders should be top priority, Werner’s release clause of £27 million is outstanding value.
He has 18 goals in 17 Bundesliga games this season, and as we wrote earlier this week, he might just be a superior option to Haaland anyway.
Thomas Partey – £43.5 million
Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is enjoying an outstanding season so far.
AS reported Atletico were attempting to increase his release clause from £43.5 million to £87 million – but have been unsuccessful so far.
Partey, 26, would be an upgrade over Nemanja Matic and would instantly help out a United midfield which is lacking options right now.
Bruno Fernandes – £85 million
Jesse Lingard has got worse not better and United should accept not signing Bruno Fernandes was a mistake.
Fernandes signed a new contract at Sporting last month – with a £85 million release clause.
He would be expensive, but so was Harry Maguire. Fernandes would probably have a bigger impact, as his 11 goals and 10 assists this season demonstrate.
Saul Niguez – £130 million
The nuclear option. Pay up, and act like the biggest club in the world.
United could recover most of this transfer fee by selling Paul Pogba to the highest bidder in the summer.
Paying Saul’s £130 million release clause bypasses complex negotiations with Atletico and would bring a Spanish international into the heart of United’s midfield.
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