Christmas Day has come and gone which means the January transfer window is just around the corner, and not many others have a bigger job on their hands than Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag. The Dutchman has already been dealt a severe blow in the chase to replace five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, whose exit from Old Trafford last month was shrouded in controversy.
Many assumed that Gakpo was the heir to Ronaldo’s spot in the team with he and Ten Hag already well acquainted from their time together, many years ago, at PSV Eindhoven. However, Liverpool struck from out of the blue to land the three-goal World Cup star in an initial £37million deal.
That has left the Red Devils scrambling for alternatives with a place in the Premier League top four up for grabs. Tottenham slipped up against Brentford on Boxing Day, meaning that United would edge ahead if they win both of their games in hand, starting with Nottingham Forest later today.
With preparation for the window heating up and stories coming thick and fast, stay tuned to Express Sport‘s live Man Utd transfer updates below…