Five Bundesliga stars Man United should sign in January

Throughout the summer, Louis van Gaal has put a number of Bundesliga stars at the top of his transfer wishlist and could once again plan a few more January signings in the upcoming window.

Primary Manchester United are in need of a centre-back, a right-back, and possibly another holding midfield as their manager could even consider keeping a close eye on another potential striker as well.

So, here are five mega Bundesliga stars United should sign in January if they are to maintain their goal of finishing in the top four, if not aiming to win the entire league.

Ilkay Gundogan

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Name: Ilkay Gundogan
Age: 23
Position: Centre Midfield
Nationality: Germany
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Price: £20 – £25 million

Ilkay Gundogan has been a target for Manchester United over the course of the summer and since returning from injury, he isn’t guaranteed a starting spot, opening up a chance that Borussia Dortmund may let him leave. Despite already signing a number of midfielders in the summer, Louis van Gaal will still be keen to add more quality players into his squad as he accomplish a top four finish.

He only made four league starts this season scoring one goal, but if United want to sign him, they may need to cash in on him now or risk his price rising if he manages to pick up form later in the campaign.

Arjen Robben

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Name: Arjen Robben
Age: 30
Position: Right Wing
Nationality: Netherlands
Club: Bayern Munich
Price: £30 – £35 million

Another summer target Louis van Gaal was considering is the likes of Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben, a player he is already familiar with during his time as the Netherlands manager. The Dutch star earlier rejected a move to Manchester United, but with his club naming Marco Reus as a transfer target, he may have to make way.

It was revealed that Van Gaal has been in constant contact with Robben as he tries to convince his fellow countryman to make the switch to Old Trafford. Despite his age, the 30-year-old has been getting better and better as he gets older and would be a great addition to United’s struggling attack force.

Roberto Firmino

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Name: Roberto Firmino
Age: 23
Position: Attacking Midfield
Nationality: Brazil
Club: Hoffenheim
Price: £20 – £25 million

Dubbed the ‘new Kaka’ Roberto Firmini is another attacking prospect Manchester United have been monitoring as a number of other Premier League clubs are also chasing his services. Arsenal, Liverpool, and Chelsea are believed to all be interested in signing the attacking midfielder to add to their ranks.

He started all his Bundesliga matches for Hoffenheim, scoring three and also assisting three in 14 appearances. His dribbling and passing ability in the final third of the field could be just what Louis van Gaal needs as his current crop of midfielders are mostly being deployed in a holding role.

Atsuto Uchida


Name: Atsuto Uchida
Age: 26
Position: Right Back
Nationality: Japan
Club: Schalke 04
Price: £5 – £10 million

Manchester United were previously interested in signing Atsuto Uchida to provide Rafael with some competition as well as add some cover in right side of Louis van Gaal’s defence. He recently signed a contract extension at Schalke 04, but that shouldn’t stop the club from trying to sign him.

Rafael has been in and out of the squad through injury with Antonio Valencia often being deployed in his place. Uchida is a regular face in the Bundesliga, starting 10 out of 14 league matches and appearing in five Champions League matches for his side. His very reasonable price tag along with his experience in Europe could be seen as a very good addition into the United back line.

Mats Hummels

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Name: Mats Hummels
Age: 25
Position: Centre Back
Nationality: Germany
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Price: £25 – £30 million

Mats Hummels very well tops Manchester United’s shopping list as they have been in heavy pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund centre-back. Louis van Gaal seems to be unhappy with his current group of defensive players and along with the large number of injuries to his back line, the German World Cup winner will be a huge asset if the club can finally confirm his signing.

If he does join the Red Devils, he will easily be the first choice defender and is surely be someone who can sure up Van Gaal’s struggling defence. His exploits in Brazil shows that he is well on his way to becoming one of the best players in role and due to Dortmund’s decline in form, he could finally agree to a transfer.