Manchester United have a fight on their hands to sign any of their top transfer targets in January, but the likes of Mats Hummels, Wesley Sneijder and Kevin Strootman remain priorities for Red Devils chiefs with the current window still less than a week old.
Sneijder still looks a curious one, but Louis van Gaal trusts the player and is reportedly keen to sign him in a cut-price deal. Juventus remain the biggest obstacle to that January deal taking place, while elsewhere there's definitely a huge decision to be made over the long-term future of Radamel Falcao.
The Colombian striker has scored just three goals in 12 Premier League games this season, but Real Madrid remain seriously interested in hijacking United's £43.2 million summer deal regardless. Van Gaal needs to decide if Falcao is worth that massive transfer fee, and quickly.
Defensive starlet in talks to leave
One potential outgoing that's flown under the radar over the last 24 hours is Red Devils starlet Michael Keane, who Burnley would like to sign permanently if given half the chance.
Keane has taken full advantage of a season-long loan switch at Turf Moor this season, playing regular Premier League football and proving to be an accomplished performer. Burnley boss Sean Dyche has confirmed that he wants to Keane to stay at Burnley next season, giving Van Gaal a big decision to make on the 21-year-old's future.
Dortmund provide United with big transfer chance
United could do far worse than to look to take advantage of growing unrest at Borussia Dortmund in search of that rare January transfer window commodity, a top player available at a fairly reasonable price.
Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan has the potential to provide that, reportedly available for around €20m because his current contract expires in 2016. United definitely need a new presence in central midfield, which means that while deals for team-mates Mats Hummels and Marco Reus remain priorities Gundogan is the most attainable target at this stage of the season.
Hernandez has no future
Van Gaal has already made his mind up on the future of one United fan favourite, with the Dutchman reportedly making it clear that Real Madrid loanee Javier Hernandez has absolutely no future at the Theatre of Dreams while he's in charge.
Hernandez is currently trying to earn a permanent move to the Bernabeu, but even if that deal falls through and Van Gaal decides not to spend big on Falcao the Mexican forward will definitely be sold to the highest bidder this summer.
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