Manchester United are set to complete their 10th deal of the January transfer window, with Radek Vitek reportedly heading to Accrington Stanley on loan. And the latest member of Erik ten Hag’s senior squad looks likely to join the young goalkeeper out of the exit door to boost the departee tally to 11.
According to the Manchester Evening News, United have agreed to send Vitek to the Wham Stadium on loan for the remainder of the season, with no option to make the move permanent.
The 20-year-old has made just two appearances for the U21s this term, acting as the back-up goalkeeper, but trains regularly with the goalkeeper’s union in the first team.
Vitek featured in three senior matchday squads near the start of the 2023/24 campaign – for away defeats against Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur and the home loss to Galatasaray.
A Czech Republic U20 international, Vitek played a crucial role alongside the likes of Kobbie Mainoo and Alejandro Garnacho when United’s U18s won a record-extending 11th FA Youth Cup in 2022.
The report claims that United and Accrington hope to reach a final agreement before the weekend, with the view of Vitek facing Forest Green Rovers in League Two on Saturday.
He could make his debut against fellow Red Devils academy star Maxi Oyedele, who joined Forest Green on loan earlier this month.
Oyedele is one of eight United stars to have already left on loan during the January transfer window, including three other inexperienced starlets.
Dan Gore joined Port Vale earlier this week, Joe Hugill is at Burton Albion, and Rhys Bennett has left for Stockport County.
Meanwhile, Alvaro Fernandez and Hannibal Mejbri have joined Benfica and Sevilla, respectively. Both loan deals contain an option to buy.
As does Donny van de Beek’s switch to Eintracht Frankfurt, which kicked off United’s winter transfer activity. Jadon Sancho will return to Old Trafford after his short-term return to Borussia Dortmund.
Mateo Mejia has been the club’s only sole permanent deal this month, joining Hannibal at Sevilla.
Facundo Pellistri could represent the final exit of the month. The 22-year-old is set to join La Liga outfit Granda on loan.
Minutes have been limited behind Alejandro Garnacho and Antony in the right-wing pecking order, and a lack of European football in the coming months won’t improve his situation.
United have been busy with outgoings. However, they aren’t currently expected to make any signings before February, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS focusing on preparations for a big summer.