Manchester United are back at the top of the Premier League after they came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night.
According to FIFA, the number of international transfers of male players in 2020 dropped by 5.4 per cent compared to the previous year, while total transfer fees were down significantly, by 23.4 per cent, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In its Global Transfer Market Report, world football’s governing body said that the total amount spent on transfer fees of $5.63 billion was down by $1.7 billion on 2019, a fall of nearly a quarter to the lowest cumulative amount since 2016.
Unsurprisingly, English clubs spent by far the most, with transfer fees totalling some $1.63 billion, followed by Italian clubs who spent a combined $731.5 million on international moves. Spanish clubs received the most, the report said, with $785.7 million.
Without giving a specific figure, FIFA said that Chelsea spent the most of any club in Europe ahead of Manchester United and Manchester City, followed by Barcelona, Juventus and Leeds United.
In the ongoing transfer window, no fewer than 14 players have been linked with a transfer to Manchester United.
Jamal Musiala – Liverpool and Manchester United are paying close attention to contract negotiations concerning Bayern Munich youngster Musiala after talks seemed to reach deadlock (Goal, January 22).
Christian Eriksen – Manchester United have reportedly made an offer to sign Eriksen from Inter Milan that would have been “laughed out of court” in normal circumstances (Daily Star, January 21).
Facundo Medina – Manchester United are reportedly serious about signing the Argentina international from RC Lens this winter (Mirror, January 20)
Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United could be forced to wait at least two years for the chance to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, according to reports (Daily Express, January 16)
Dayot Upamecano – RB Leipzig are not considering selling their centre-back Dayot Upamecano this month even though he can leave in the summer for a cut-price €42m (£37.4m) (The Guardian, January 15); RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has opened the door to a possible transfer for the centre-back after insisting that the Bundesliga club will always consider selling their assets for the right price (SportBild, January 10)
Erling Haaland – The Dortmund striker will likely be the subject of more than one approach from a major club in the summer transfer window (Mirror, January 19); Barcelona could ruin the long-term plans of both Manchester United and Manchester City by launching a bid for Haaland due to Mino Raiola (Daily Mirror, January 14)
Kalidou Koulibaly – Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has warned Manchester United and Liverpool they must offer at least £100m if they want to sign Koulibaly this month (The Sun, January 13)
Declan Rice – Rio Ferdinand predicts Declan Rice would prefer to join Chelsea despite recent speculation that Manchester United are keen on the West Ham star (Daily Mirror, January 13); The West Ham midfielder has no interest in moving to Old Trafford (Daily Mirror, January 10)
Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund are putting a Jadon Sancho contingency plan in place amid fears of a Manchester United transfer (Daily Star, January 13)
Yusuf Demir – Manchester United and Real Madrid are reportedly interested in signing teenage midfielder Yusuf Demir from Rapid Vienna (Daily Express, January 12)
Romain Faivre – Manchester United are reportedly ready to lock horns with Paris Saint-Germain for Brest midfielder Faivre (Daily Star, January 10)
Boubakary Soumare – United are leading the race for the promising Lille midfielder (Football Transfers, January 9). United are reportedly battling AC Milan for Lille midfielder (Sun, January 4).
Jack Grealish – Aston Villa plan to dismiss any approaches for Jack Grealish during the January transfer window despite renewed interest from leading clubs (Daily Mail, January 6); United are still interested in signing the playmaker despite the collapse of his move from Aston Villa in September. (Daily Mail, January 1).
Patson Daka – The Manchester United and Liverpool target wants to emulate fellow African stars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane by becoming a hit in the Premier League (Daily Mail, January 7).
Additional reports: AFP and Skysports