Manchester United is considering a significant double transfer deal in the upcoming January window to address their defensive issues and potentially help Erik ten Hag, the current manager. Ten Hag’s position at Old Trafford is becoming increasingly precarious due to a disappointing start to the season, with two recent heavy defeats.
In particular, the team suffered a 3-0 loss to Manchester City and a similar result against Newcastle in the Carabao Cup. These performances have raised concerns about Ten Hag’s tenure, and there are rumors that he might be running out of time to save his job.
To address the defensive problems, two separate reports suggest that United is looking to acquire a new center-back and another goalkeeper to provide competition for Andre Onana.
One report mentions Atalanta defender Giorgio Scalvini as a potential target, but he is also sought after by Inter Milan. Scalvini, an Italian international, is valued at around £34.8 million and could be United’s second signing from the Italian side in six months.
United’s defensive woes have seen them concede 16 goals in 10 league games, along with four against Bayern Munich and three at home to Galatasaray in the Champions League.
Regarding the goalkeeper position, Andre Onana, who joined in the summer, has had a mixed performance, prompting speculation that United might seek an alternative.
One name that has resurfaced as a potential target is Portugal international Diogo Costa, who was previously linked with the club.
Porto may demand his £65 million release clause, making the potential combined cost for both defensive upgrades nearly £100 million.