It wouldn’t be a transfer window without Manchester United being linked to all and sundry.
January 2020 is no different, especially with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hanging on as manager at Old Trafford in another season of mixed results.
Paul Pogba could stay at the club or find himself sold to the highest bidder. A striker may or may not be on the cards to support Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford up front. Defence remains an issue.
However, some of their reported targets and other transfer rumours have crossed over into the interests of their London-based rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, not to mention Liverpool and Manchester City.
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Which players should fans be worried about United getting their hands on in January or later in the summer transfer window?
Back in December 2019 the Manchester Evening News collected an extensive list of every transfer rumour linked to United ahead of the January window.
After having added more names that have cropped up since that round up was published, football.london have marked up each player by the threat level they could pose to Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs if signed.
There are three grades:
Low — not a transfer rumour to concern rivals at this point but still potentially a good signing for United.
Medium — a useful player that would add quality, fix a problem to make United more competitive or one that would deny Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham similar benefits if taken off the market.
High — a signing that could potentially tip the balance of power in United’s favour in the race for a top four spot in the Premier League and become a true game-changer in games against Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham in future.
The full list of players and their ratings follows, in alphabetical…