£47m defender, £8m winger and more: Top five players linked with United this week

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Manchester United continue to be linked with a whole host of players, and here are the top five from recent days.

The January transfer window is drawing closer and with it the speculation mounts regarding football clubs across the country and who they may be targeting.

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward recently went on record to suggest the club would only be signing players in the winter if they were summer targets who could be brought in sooner; but with the rumour mill continuing to churn out stories we take a look at the top five players linked with a possible move to Old Trafford this week.

Mats Hummels

The Borussia Dortmund defender is regularly linked with a move to United but the latest reports had a twist, with the German side allegedly warning Louis van Gaal exactly how much it would cost to prise him away.

The reported price-tag on the centre-back’s head is £47million, with some United fans believing that would be money well spent and others thinking it would be wise to look elsewhere.


The Portuguese winger was once hailed as the heir apparent to Cristiano Ronaldo during his time at Sporting Lisbon, so it was something of a surprise when he swapped Portugal for Galatasaray in 2013.

A serious injury stunted his progress but the latest reports claim the Turkish side are willing to cash in on the 20-year-old left winger for £8million. But would van Gaal really move for him given that he rarely utilises out-and-out wide-men in his current set-up?

Roberto Firmino

Brazilian attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs but this is the first time United have been tipped for the free-scoring Hoffenheim star.

The 23-year-old has scored five and set up five already this season and that follows a previous campaign when he had a quite remarkable return of 22 goals and 16 assists in just 37 matches.

Douglas Coutinho

Another Brazilian was linked with United in the form of striker Douglas Coutinho.

This one really began to take hold after comments from the player’s agent and given the forwards currently at Old Trafford – both experienced and promising – this is one rumour that is unlikely to come true.

Juan Familia-Castillo

Following the arrival of Timothy Fosu-Mensah at United, van Gaal was linked with a swoop for another Ajax Academy product in the form of Juan Familia-Castillo.

The 14-year-old is very much one for the future but his sublime skill, eye for a pass and finishing ability are such that it would be no surprise if the former Netherlands boss made a move in due course.

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