The three out-of-contract players Manchester United could sign in January to save them millions


Manchester United intended to challenge for the Premier League title this season.

After enjoying an excellent summer transfer window in which Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo were brought to the club, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have struggled for form and the United boss’ future has recently been thrown into doubt.

The 5-0 defeat against Liverpool last month was the turning point for many and that disappointment was followed by yet another poor defeat in the Manchester derby, but Solskjaer is expected to remain in charge for United’s next game against Watford.

If Solskjaer can survive through the festive period, the Norwegian could turn to the January market for reinforcements. United needed to facilitate incoming with outgoings earlier this year, so we’ve taken a look at out-of-contract players that could be available.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is back under pressure as Manchester United manager. The Reds’ victory at Tottenham was soon forgotten as they fell to a dire 2-0 defeat in the Manchester derby, and saw the vultures circling around the Norwegian once again.

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Marcelo Brozovic

United have been regularly linked with Marcelo Brozovic over the last few months with United’s need for a midfielder obvious.

The 28-year-old defensive midfield specialist has proved his worth on the biggest stage for Croatia and Inter Milan over the last five years and he played a key role in Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan side that won the Scudetto in Serie A last season.

Fresh details have emerged this week claiming that Inter are making progress in talks with Brozovic over a new deal, however, United could be an excellent proposition for Brozovic if he is keen to take on a new challenge in the Premier League.

Marcelo Brozovic.

Franck Kessie

United supporters will be familiar with Franck Kessie after the central midfielder delivered two impressive performances against the Reds in the Europa League Round of 16 last season – the AC Milan star scored a screamer at Old Trafford but it was disallowed.

Kessie showed he was more than capable of mixing it amongst United’s stars across those two fixtures, though, and now firmly in the final year of his contract at AC Milan, he could make a sensible addition in midfield, especially if Paul Pogba is to leave.

The 24-year-old has made 12 appearances for Milan this season – starting in almost every match – and his best years are still ahead of him.

Franck Kessie.

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Denis Zakaria

“I’m glad that Gladbach have found another pearl. At his age I was earning my first stripes for Borussia. He reminds me of Toni Kroos at that age,” Lothar Matthaus once said when asked about Denis Zakaria.

Since arriving at Gladbach in 2017 from Young Boys, Zakaria has steadily built a reputation as one of the Bundesliga’s finest players and he’s now made over 130 appearances for the German side, who lay claim to an outstanding record of developing talent.

Zakaria, 24, is a free agent at the end of the season and he has been linked with a switch to Manchester City and Liverpool.

The Switzerland international could be the player that United desperately need in defensive midfield, though.

Denis Zakaria.


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