As Manchester United looks to replace Diogo Dalot with a new right back, reports indicate that the club is “close” to finalizing a deal to bring in former Fulham player Kevin Mbabu.
The Championship club Burnley has loaned Wout Weghorst to the Red Devils so that he can play for them temporarily. This is the first surprising transfer that the Red Devils have completed this month.
After Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from the club in November due to the mutual termination of his contract, signing a striker was always going to be a priority for Manchester United during this month’s transfer window.
It is believed that Weghorst will only be used as a stopgap measure until the summer, at which point Manchester United will most likely pay a significant transfer fee to acquire a long-term Ronaldo replacement. They have been linked with a number of players, including Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen, among others.
At right back, Man United also have a problem that needs to be fixed. This season, Erik ten Hag’s go-to player for that position has been Dalot, who has been playing exceptionally well throughout the campaign.
In the meantime, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been relegated to the bench, and he has only been playing for the team in the past few weeks because Dalot has been sidelined with an injury.
The fact that the player, who came up through the Crystal Palace youth system, has performed so well is rumored to have caused Ten Hag to change his mind about whether or not to sell Wan-Bissaka this month.
Despite the fact that Wan-Bissaka is eager to play regularly, it is possible that his situation will change once more if he falls further down the selection list before the January transfer window closes.
As a result of this, Manchester United ought to maintain a watchful eye on the market for right backs in the event that Wan-situation Bissaka’s deteriorates.
Now, an Italian news outlet known as Tuttomercatoweb is reporting that the Red Devils have been able to fly under the radar and are ‘close’ to acquiring Mbabu from Fulham.
According to the report, Serie A club Monza is also showing interest in him, but Manchester United have entered a “advanced negotiation phase” in the last few hours in order to secure his services.
The 27-year-old had a brief and unsuccessful stint playing for Newcastle United in the past. In recent years, he has played for both Young Boys and Wolfsburg, but he made his debut for Fulham this summer after signing a deal worth approximately £6.5 million.
Tony Khan, the owner of the club, commented on the signing at the time, saying, “I’m very happy that we’ve been able to bring Kevin Mbabu to Fulham. Kevin is a player who has been on our radar for a number of years now.
“He brings great physical tools to our Club in addition to his vast experience, and he’s determined to prove himself in the Premier League, so we believe that he’ll be a great addition to Marco’s squad, and we’re very excited about his arrival,” Marco said. “He’s determined to prove himself in the Premier League, so we believe that he’ll be a great addition to Marco’s squad.”
But things have not gone according to plan with his transfer to Fulham. His last start for the club in the Premier League came at the beginning of October, when Marco Silva pulled him off the field at halftime during their 4-1 loss to Newcastle. Prior to that, he had not started for the club in the Premier League since.
The Switzerland international has not exactly set the world on fire in the Premier League for Fulham or Newcastle, but – like Weghorst – he may be a sensible option for United as a temporary solution until the summer if Wan-Bissaka decides to move on. Wan-Bissaka has not exactly set the world on fire in the Premier League for Fulham or Newcastle.