Man Utd transfer news LIVE – ‘Ronaldo rule’ enforced, Felix abandoned

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Manchester United’s January transfer window is finally underway with the official signing of Jack Butland, but their search for a striker rolls on. It’s now being reported that they’ve given up on trying to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid due to the huge fees needed to make it happen.

Vincent Aboubakar has been linked following his reported release from Al-Nassr, but Wout Weghorst is also now on their radar. The Netherlands international was loaned out to Besiktas from Burnley for the entirety of this season.

But the 6ft6in forward appeared to wave goodbye to Besiktas fans in his last match, indicating a move was on the horizon. Anthony Martial remains the only recognised central striker at Old Trafford and Erik ten Hag has made it clear that he wants more options.

“I think we have a good team when all the players are available but with many games coming up, I think there is a need [for another forward],” Ten Hag said. “But you need one who can have an impact, otherwise you are just burning money and you don’t strengthen the squad and it doesn’t help you.”

Ronaldo rule

Manchester United have reportedly introduced a new ‘Ronaldo rule’ to cap the wages of their players.

According to the Daily Mail, United want to avoid a scenario of players – such as Ronaldo during his second stint at the club – earning significantly more than their team-mates.

A wage cap of just £200,000-a-week has reportedly been introduced in a bid to avoid dressing room jealousy.

That could cause some issues in contract negotiations over the next few months with David de Gea, Marcus Rashford, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial among those in line for extensions.

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Good morning and welcome back to Express Sport’s coverage of Manchester United in the January transfer window.

Jack Butland is officially United’s first signing of the window, but Erik ten Hag’s main wish continues to be for a new striker.

Wout Weghorst is the latest name to be linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Stay tuned for live updates throughout the day.

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