Manchester United’s transfer business came under greater scrutiny after they lost 6-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in their last Premier League outing.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will return to action on Saturday night with a trip to Newcastle, but the international break has provided a chance for many to take a closer look at a window dominated by United’s failed pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
Donny van de Beek was the most expensive of the club’s new recruits, while plenty of fringe players were offloaded on temporary or permanent deals.
We’ve got the latest from across Europe on big deals past and present as Solskjaer’s men prepare to return to action.
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Chances of January move for Sancho dashed by Dortmund
Manchester United are likely to need to wait until next summer to come back in for Jadon Sancho, if reports from Germany are to be believed.
United were unable to reach an agreement to sign the England international from Borussia Dortmund in the last transfer window, and the forward has returned to domestic action with the German club.
According to Sport Bild (via the Express), Dortmund will not entertain a January exit for the player, who they value at €108m.
United are still keen on Sancho, despite clinching deals for attacking talents Edinson Cavani, Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo on deadline day, but the German press believe any mid-season approach will fall flat.
Sancho scored his first goal of the season in September as Dortmund beat Duisburg in the cup, and came on as a late substitute in England’s Nations League victory over Belgium on Sunday.
No United interest in Coman, claims Bayern chief
Kingsley Coman was one of the names mentioned in connection with Manchester United as the prospect of a deal for Jadon Sancho waned, but there was never any real interest in the Champions League winner.
That’s according to Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, who revealed the club wouldn’t have entertained any interest if it had arrived.
“There was nothing, and we wouldn’t have looked into it either,” Salihamidzic told Sport Bild (via the Manchester Evening News).
“His goal in the Champions League final should explain enough why we are relying on him wholeheartedly.”
Coman made his first start of the season on September 30 in the German Super Cup, and was also involved for France in their Nations League draw with Portugal.
Milan ‘rejected’ moves for Man Utd duo
AC Milan added Manchester United youngster Diogo Dalot to their squad shortly before the European transfer deadline, taking the Portuguese under-21 international on loan for the season.
However, according to reports in Italy, the former Porto man wasn’t the only United player offered to the Rossoneri.
Calcio Mercato (via Sport Witness) reports that Andreas Pereira and Chris Smalling were both offered to Stefano Pioli’s side, only for Milan to opt against signing either.
Pereira was never a significant consideration due to Milan’s pursuit of Brahim Diaz, the report claims, while Smalling’s move was an effective non-starter due to the player’s preference for a Roma switch.
Smalling did indeed join Roma on deadline day, while Pereira has moved on loan to Lazio, who have an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.