Manchester United have already begun their January transfer window by signing Burnley striker Wout Weghorst on loan until the end of the season as Erik ten Hag moved to improve his squad’s attacking options.
The 52-year-old could be eyeing up another couple of signings before the transfer window closes, with another attacking potentially option on the cards, along with a defender.
The Old Trafford club have been linked with Celtic right-back Josip Juranovic since the summer, and according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth (live transfer blog, 10 January, 16:02; via MSN), United are continuing to monitor his progress and he could be available for just £7m – what looks a bargain fee in the modern transfer market.
The £90k-per-week defender has played only seven times across all competitions this season as the manager has often favoured Diogo Dalot at right-back, and it looks like his future lies away from Old Trafford.
On the other hand, the Croatian has been attracting interest due to his performances north of the border for Celtic. Since joining the current Scottish Premiership champions in the summer of 2021, he has made 51 appearances for the Hoops while scoring six goals and registering three assists.
He has been in superb form this season when he has played, averaging a Sofascore rating of 7.19/10 across his nine league appearances so far, making 1.1 clearances and 1.3 tackles per game while succeeding with 58% of his total duels, proving to be a reliable option defensively.
The 27-year-old showcased his attacking abilities last season, netting three league goals and creating four big chances while making 1.3 key passes per game, and these traits could allow him to excel in Ten Hag’s side.
Although Scottish football can sometimes looked down upon compared to the Premier League due to their positions on the UEFA association club coefficient, Juranovic was one of Croatia’s finest performers at the recent World Cup with a rating of 7.13/10, which suggests that he could more than hold his own against the best players in the world.
He was dubbed “unbelievable” by former Premier League defender William Gallas, and Ten Hag could ditch Wan-Bissaka and push for a move for the Celtic sensation this month as he continues to stamp his own authority on the United squad.