Manchester United ‘favourites for £38m man’ but suffer yet another injury blow

Nemanja Matic

A select round-up of morning news relating to Manchester United

With January fast approaching, talk of Manchester United’s reported targets is cranking up a gear.

After stories last week claimed David Moyes would finally secure his former player Leighton Baines for a fee in the region of £15million, the Manchester Evening News has claimed he will have to go as high as £20million to get his man.

Baines is arguably United’s number one target – but Everton will not let him go on the cheap.

Fans may disagree with Moyes’s priorities, seeing the recruitment of a new midfielder as a necessity. And they will take heart from Portugal where reports claim that United are favourites for Benfica’s Nemanja Matic.

Portuguese newspaper Record reports that United are in the box-seat for the player with a reported £38million release-clause.

The paper states: “Manchester United continues to lead the race for Nemanja Matic, and at this time the club is in a better position to secure the services of the Serbian international.”

He would be an outstanding addition, but he will not come cheap.

And finally, the Express reports that United have been dealt another injury blow with the news that Phil Jones will miss the next three weeks with a torn abductor.

Given Michael Carrick’s absence, and Jones’ outstanding performance in midfield against Arsenal, Moyes has some thinking to do in the weeks ahead.

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