Man Utd transfer round-up: Phil Jones eying January exit from Old Trafford

Manchester United returned to winning ways in style on Saturday evening, scoring three late goals to secure a 4-1 win over Newcastle United.

The result provided three much-needed points for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following early-season defeats to Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur.

Of course, those defeats laid bare the need for defensive reinforcements at Old Trafford after a transfer window that strengthened Solskjaer’s attack but failed to address the need for a new centre-back.

Based on their displays so far this term, United will be expected to dip into the market in January if they fail to find consistency during the first half of the season.

With January arrivals possible, here is the latest United transfer round-up.

Phil Jones is seeking a Man Utd exit

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Phil Jones set for January exit

Phil Jones is determined to force his way out of United in January after falling out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Jones does not figure prominently in Solskjaer’s plans after being left out of the Norwegian’s 25-man Champions League squad.

The injury-prone centre-back, who has been at Old Trafford since 2011, has not played for United since their FA Cup win over Tranmere Rovers in January.

Jones is said to be keen on breathing new life into his career elsewhere, with Fulham having expressed an interest over the summer.

Jones’ current United deal runs until 2023.
Hugill set for professional deal

United are set to reward Joe Hugill with his first professional contract after making an impressive start to life with the club’s under-18s.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Hugill is expected to sign a deal until 2023 after catching the eye following his summer move from Sunderland.

Hugill has already been fast-tracked into United’s under-23s after scoring two goals in three starts for the under-18s.

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur had both expressed an interest in the 17-year-old prior to his Old Trafford move.

United made move for Brazilian youngster

United expressed an interest in Vasco da Gama winger Talles Magno during the final few weeks of the transfer window.

It is claimed United weighed up a possible £13.5m bid for the 18-year-old Brazilian before ending their pursuit.

Magno was said to be keen on a move to England, but United instead signed exciting Uruguayan youngster Facundo Pellistri from Penarol.

Magno has been one of Vasco da Gama’s standout performers since breaking into the Brazilian side’s first team in 2019.

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