The Red Devils were expected to add more steel to it’s defense and were linked with Skriniar and Koulibaly.
Manchester United were linked with a lot of players in the winter transfer window. The likes of Koulibaly and Skriniar were all linked with a move to Old Trafford. Gareth Bale and Philippe Coutinho were linked for a move as well. However, United didn’t sign any player in January transfer window. It’s been revealed, the reason why United didn’t sign any players.
Manchester United were unprepared to make any signings in January transfer window because none of their targets were attainable. Manchester Evening News revealed ithat post Jose Mourinho’s sacking on December 18 United were open to reinforcing the squad this month if the right player became available. But sources revealed January is a difficult time to buy since most elite clubs are reluctant to sell. Senior United sources expected January to be uneventful after the majority of clubs refused to follow the market inflation. United’s efforts to recruit a central defender have been further complicated by Virgil van Dijk’s world record £75m move to Liverpool 12 months ago.
Inter Milan demanded £76m for Milan Skriniar and Leicester valued Harry Maguire at £75m in the summer. Tottenham also outpriced the Red Devils for a deal for Toby Alderweireld, despite Woodward’s attempt to seal the Belgian’s signing before the World Cup began. Some senior United
figures were willing to spend £100m on the right profile of centre-back, with Raphael Varane cited as an example. Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli was highly regarded by Mourinho. But the Senegalese is contracted to Napoli until 2023. Also the Serie A club could command a nine-figure fee for the 27-year-old.
United would have also had to sell a centre half to finance any move for a mid-season replacement but Marcos Rojo, identified as the defender to offload in the summer, was injured for the whole of January.
Given their current situation, United should have signed a player. They could have signed a defender. The Red Devils U have now gone two windows without addressing a problem area in the squad that was patent again in the 2-2 draw with Burnley.