Possible ins and outs for Manchester United as transfer deadline day approaches
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The January transfer window will close at 11:59 PM on Monday the 31st of January, but thus far there has been a lack of action from Manchester United in terms of both signings and outgoings.

However, that is not to say that there isn't time for players to come and go as the next week unfolds.

Let's take a look at who could be arriving at Theatre of Dreams this January, or similarly departing.

  • Amadou Haidara

In the summer of 2021, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side looked set to sign a midfielder to bolster their options in the middle of the park.

Fans and pundits alike had pointed out that a defensive midfielder was what United needed the most, but after the arrivals of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, Cristiano Ronaldo also became available.

The club settled with bringing in those three stars, and the lack of strength in depth in midfield has been evident throughout this campaign.

Since Ralf Rangnick took over the reigns at Old Trafford, there has been heavy talk linking RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara with a switch from Germany to Manchester.

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Though the move is far from set in stone, Rangnick has expressed his admiration for the 23-year-old after they worked together at Leipzig, with the Malian reciprocating the same emotions towards Rangnick himself.

Haidara told German media outlet 'Bild':

"Ralf plays a very big role in my career. Don’t forget, when Leipzig wanted to get me, I tore my cruciate ligament.

"But Ralf said that I should come anyway. I wouldn’t have expected that back then.

"I’m very grateful to him because he really wanted me and gave me great confidence as a coach in Leipzig."

This talk has generated feelings that the move has weight to it, but whether the United board will be willing to back Rangnick whilst he is only an interim manager remains to be seen.

Haidara's release clause is currently set at £32 million.

  • Tariq Lamptey

Brighton full-back Tariq Lamptey has excelled in the right-hand side of Brighton's defence since his move from Chelsea in January 2020, and it is looking like United are prepared to battle it out to bring the Englishman to Old Trafford.

After a huge drop in form from Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Diogo Dalot has made the right-back position his own in recent weeks under Rangnick's guidance, but doubts still loom over United's strength in that position.

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal are also rumoured to be interested in Lamptey, and United have been prepared to pay £30 million for him to fight off competition from the London outfit.

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However, that figure is apparently £10 million short of Brighton's asking price, and the United board may be unwilling to spend close to £50 million on a player that might not be part of the future United manager's plans.

Other players that have been linked with a potential move to Old Trafford this January include:

Just a few weeks ago in December, out-of-favour forward Anthony Martial's agent said to Sky Sports:

"Anthony wishes to leave the club in January. He just needs to play. He doesn’t want to stay in January and I will speak to the club soon.”

And since then, it had looked like it was a battle between Sevilla and Juventus to sign the Frenchman, be it either on loan or a permanent move.

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That battle looks to have been won by the Spanish side, with Fabrizio Romano confirming on Monday evening that a deal had been agreed between United and Sevilla for the forward to join on loan for the remainder of the season.

There is no buy option included in the deal, whilst Sevilla have agreed to cover the entirety of his salary after initially wanting to split the wages between the two clubs.

  • Jesse Lingard

After an extremely successful loan spell at West Ham last season, it looked as if Jesse Lingard might have cemented a future with his parent club Manchester United.

However, the 29-year-old has fallen down the pecking order under both Solskjaer and Rangnick, and with his contract running out in the summer, his days at Old Trafford appear limited.

Eddie Howe's Newcastle are keen to bring Lingard to St. James' Park for the remainder of the campaign, but The Magpies have already had an initial loan bid turned down by United.

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However, it appears that Newcastle are prepared to offer a bigger loan fee for Lingard's services, and the likelihood of him leaving Manchester appears to be increasing as the days tick by.

Other players who have been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in January include:

Come back to VAVEL across the next week for all the latest news on Manchester United's incomings and departures.