Andre Ayew set to be sold by Marseille in January

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Manchester United will be given the chance to land long-term target Andre Ayew in a cut-price deal this January, as Marseille are keen to cash in on him before losing him for nothing next summer.

Ayew move possible

The Ghana star has been continuously linked with a Premier League switch in the past, but it seems certain that he will finally arrive on English shores in the next transfer window. United face competition from Liverpool and Arsenal, but Louis van Gaal will be confident of beating both of them when it comes to how much he can offer in terms of wages.

The Red Devils have spent lavishly since the Dutchman took charge of the club and that trend doesn't look like halting anytime soon, particularly given how they've struggled to string together positive results in the early stages of the season.

Ayew might not be the player they desperately need given their surplus of attacking options, but if his performances at the World Cup are anything to go by then he could be a welcoming influence, and in truth his transfer to England is well overdue.

Injury crisis grows

Meanwhile United are still revelling in an ever-growing injury crisis, and it’s been claimed four first-team stars could miss their vital clash against Arsenal. Radamel Falcao, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Rafael are all doubts for the game, Van Gaal has confirmed.

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Such problems mean that Michael Carrick and Paddy McNair might once again start in the heart of the defence, although Chris Smalling could make a return after serving his suspension for the red card he picked up in the Manchester derby. 

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- Manchester United have edged ahead of one their closest rivals in the race for Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels, as Arsene Wenger has reportedly conceded defeat. It's thought the Arsenal boss isn't willing to pay what Jurgen Klopp would accept for his captain, and so the door might be open for United if Dortmund are willing to do business.

- Van Gaal has sent scouts to check upon Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, and could rival Chelsea for his signature despite the fact he only moved to the Serie A outfit this summer.

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