Man Utd ‘pulled plug’ on transfer hijack before Chelsea signed £8.7m striker – ‘not good enough’

Man Utd were reportedly in the running to sign David Datro Fofana but they opted against moving for him before the striker joined rivals Chelsea.

One of United’s main priorities this month is to sign a new striker after Cristiano Ronaldo departed after he had his contract cancelled by mutual consent.

This was for the best as the forward was becoming a hindrance after Erik ten Hag made it clear with his team selection that he preferred to go with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in attacking areas.

The Red Devils have fared well lately and they moved into the top four with their 1-0 win over Wolves on New Year’s Eve.

But there is still work to do and they need more options up front, especially with Martial struggling with injuries this season.

After spending around £200m on players in the summer, it is being reported that Ten Hag will not have much money to spend on a new recruit in January.

Man Utd opted against signing Cody Gakpo as they reportedly could not rival Liverpool’s financial package. 

Instead, they are likely to focus on the loan market and they are being linked with Atletico Madrid forward Alvaro Morata.

Football Insider are reporting that Fofana was another option for the Red Devils.

United ‘compiled 18 scouting reports’ on the attacker before they ‘pulled the plug on signing him’.

Before this, Man Utd ‘were keeping close tabs’ on Fofana but they eventually came to the conclusion that he is ‘not good enough’.

Fofana has instead signed for Chelsea and the Premier League side have paid £8.7m to get him from Molde.

The 20-year-old has been in great form for Molde this term as he has netted 15 goals in 24 league appearances.

The signing of Fofana is part of a larger project from Chelsea as they are looking to sign younger players who are not yet the finished article.

Fofana is their latest addition after they signed 18-year-olds Carney Chukwuemeka and Gabriel Slonina in the summer.

Chelsea are expected to be busy this month as they are looking to beat the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool to sign Enzo Fernandez from Benfica after he helped Argentina win the World Cup.

The Blues are also strengthening in defence as they have reached an agreement to sign Benoit Badiashile for £33m from AS Monaco.

His impending arrival will give Chelsea more options at centre-back after they signed Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana for significant fees in the summer from Napoli and Leicester City.

Chelsea are currently playing catch-up in the Premier League as they are eight points adrift of fourth-placed Man Utd with a game in the hand. They will clearly hope that these additions in January will boost their top four hopes.

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