Manchester United’s hopes of signing a defender in the January transfer window have been bolstered after they said one of their declared goals ‘dreams’ of a move to Old Trafford.
United have struggled defensively this season, conceding 14 goals in seven games. They have also managed only one Premier League clean sheet so far.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have teamed up in six of those games, while Eric Bailly replaced the latter in the Red Devils’ 6-1 loss to Tottenham.
And while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already insisted he’s happy with his central defensive options, it’s no secret that he’s hoping to sign one over the summer.
The likes of Pau Torres, Nathan Ake and Dayot Upamecano were related but none of them happened.
However, they could look to strike a deal in the coming January window, especially if they continue to be open from the back.
Bayern Munich, a potential option
Another thing that might try to do business this winter is the possibility of signing Bayern Munich Niklas Sule.
The German defender has been a regular with the Bavarians for two seasons after leaving Hoffenheim in 2017. But injuries and fitness issues limited his playing time in 2019/20 and his place in Hansi Flick’s roster is now a long way off to be certain.
He has started three Bundesliga games this year, but has also benched for three.
If his playing time continues to decline, United could choose to revisit their interest in the 25-year-old. United before approached Bayern regarding his availability in 2019.
A player of Sule’s quality will also want to play regularly, and he’s unlikely to be content to just be on rotation.
Additionally, a report in Bild (via the Daily Mirror) claims Sule “ dreams ” of playing for the Premier League giants, increasing their chances of landing him.
It’s unclear how much Bayern would want for Sule or if he would even be ready to sell.
They are in a good position to keep or demand attractive fees, as he still has over 18 months left to fulfill his contract.