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Manchester United: Isco plans revealed; offer for unwanted striker; defensive additions hinge on sale

The Red Devils have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Isco as the Manchester Evening News report on quotes in which his father and agent, Paco Alcorcon, says:

“We’ve opted to keep a low profile with the press and I can assure you that we are not going to consider any offer before next summer.”

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The Spaniard shone for his side last night scoring twice as they saw off Real Betis and is vindicating the opportunities given to him by Zinedine Zidane. However, his days in Madrid seem numbered and United would likely by one of his potential suitors.

The deal could be partly funded by Wolfsburg who are reportedly considering a move for want-away forward Memphis Depay, claim the Mirror. Bought for £25 million last summer, Depay has stated that he wants to be able to compete for first team football which seems unlikely given Jose Mourinho’s early judgement of the Dutchman.

Depay is yet to start a league game under the former Inter Milan boss, and it seems that he may be one of those to be sold in January as Mourinho seeks to make more additions to rebuild his side with defensive additions targeted.

Those efforts are not helped by the fact that the club are struggling to sell defender Matteo Darmian and may miss out on Fabinho as a result, according to the Sun. Darmian has been linked with Barcelona and Inter Milan but it seems that neither club is desperate to land the right back.

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Ed Woodward and club bosses have told Mourinho that they cannot buy until they have sold, having already spent big on signings in the summer, and Darmian’s sale will be necessary before a bid for Monaco’s Fabinho can be made as a direct replacement. That could mean that Fabinho will instead opt for a move to Italy or Spain with a number of clubs interested and United unable to complete a move now. Whilst frustrating, it’s understandable that finances must come first for the club.

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