Man United’s January transfer plans emerge as key decision made on three players

Manchester United’s head of corporate development Matt Judge is in charge of negotiating transfers and contracts and he’s already drawn up plans for the January window. The Red Devils failed to get their top targets in the summer, namely Jadon Sancho.

United weren’t willing to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £108million asking price, forcing the club to look elsewhere.

They ended up signing five players on deadline day, including Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles.

A fee was also agreed with Atalanta for Amad Traore, who will join United in January.

But it appears as though he may be the only new face arriving at Old Trafford in the New Year.

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According to the Manchester Evening News, United are prioritising trimming down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

It is claimed that three players are being lined up to be sold with Judge keen to recoup some funds.

Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones are all said to be available to leave while Timothy Fosu-Mensah is reportedly considering his future the club.

Romero has dropped down the pecking order at United after Dean Henderson signed a new contract to compete with David de Gea.

The 33-year-old made it clear in the summer that he wanted to find a new club but his wife, Eliana Guercio, accused the club of denying him a move away.

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Rojo hasn’t featured in a matchday squad for United in over a year while Jones hasn’t played since January 26.

Fosu-Mensah did feature for United recently in the 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir but it’s claimed the right-back is considering his future at the club.

United are keen to trim down their 31-man squad ahead of next summer’s transfer window, where Judge will once again be tasked with bringing in the club’s top targets.

Sky Sports’ James Cooper gave an insight into how United’s transfer committee works and how much responsibility Judge has when it comes to negotiations.

“Ed Woodward has an overseeing role. Having chatted with him about it, I think he is less involved than he previously was,” he said on Sky Sports’ Pitch to Post Podcast.

“I think he is involved in the final negotiations for a player, but I do not think he is enmeshed in the scouting, early recruitment or early negotiations.

“You have got your chief scouts in Mick Court and Jim Lawlor, and then you look at the head of corporate development if you like, a strange, woolly term, but that’s Matt Judge.

“He is the key person here. Lawlor and Court speak to their scouts around the world, identifying players, and this summer what we have seen is a massive influx of players into the academy.

“Matt Judge is then charged with doing the negotiations, and has become a really important, powerful person at United. He was the guy charged with trying to get Sancho into Old Trafford and it did not happen.

“So United had to flip it and go for other targets. That is the triumvirate of people below Ed Woodward.”

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