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Manchester United are reportedly monitoring Girona left-back Miguel Gutierrez ahead of a potential £22million January transfer. Erik ten Hag has drawn up a plan for the January transfer window which allegedly includes a possible move for the in-form Gutierrez.

United may need to strengthen at left-back this month after Sergio Reguilon’s loan was cut short. The Spaniard has returned to Tottenham after spending the first half of the season at Old Trafford.

Dutch defender Tyrell Malacia has not featured this campaign due to injury, while Luke Shaw has endured fitness issues of his own. The naturally right-sided Diogo Dalot has often been forced to play at left-back.

Gutierrez has been excellent in a remarkable campaign for Girona, who are part-owned by the City Football Group. The Spanish minnows are incredibly second in La Liga and share the same record as leaders Real Madrid.

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According to The Sun, United have enlisted scouts to watch several of Gutierrez’s performances this season. A product of the Real Madrid academy, the 22-year-old’s attacking style is reportedly thought to be favoured by Ten Hag.

United’s scouts watched Gutierrez excel in Girona’s 4-3 victory over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. Former Red Devils star Daley Blind was on the scoresheet as Michel’s side recorded another major scalp.

Gutierrez made 10 appearances for Real before joining Girona in the summer of 2022. Los Blancos retain a sell-on clause, so could profit should United complete a reported £22m transfer this month.

United are not expected to be majorly busy in the January transfer window, especially while INEOS await the Premier League’s green light over a 25 per cent purchase of the club. Jim Ratcliffe is preparing to begin his job behind the scenes but cannot officially start until he has passed the owners’ and directors’ test.

British billionaire Ratcliffe flew to Manchester this week for the first time since his £1.3bn offer to buy a quarter of United was accepted by the Glazer family in December. The petrochemicals magnate will reportedly lead the sporting department at Old Trafford.

It comes with serious pressure mounting on Ten Hag over a dismal start to the season. United crashed out of the Champions League group stages, finishing bottom of a club featuring Bayern Munich, Copenhagen and Galatasaray.

The Red Devils are seventh in the Premier League, losing nine of their opening 20 fixtures. Ten Hag’s job is believed to be safe for now.

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