Man United started negotiations with €25m-rated Spain international

Red Devils are reportedly eyeing a loan deal for Atletico Madrid footballer Marcos Llorente this winter. The Spanish giants had high hopes for Spain international following his £35m switch from Real Madrid last June, but the player has struggled to live up to expectations in his debut campaign at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Diego Simeone has only handed Marcos three starts in La Liga and 16 minutes across the side’s UCL season and the midfielder has understandably grown frustrated with a lack of game-time. Red Devils are exploring the possibility of a temporary move for Llorente, with the Norwegian manager desperate for reinforcements in midfield.

Man United are hopeful that La Liga giants would be willing to part with the 24-year-old midfielder considering he’s behind Saul Niguez, Thomas Teye, Koke and Hector Herrera in the Argentine tactician’s pecking order.

Scott McTominay is sidelined with a knee injury until the end of February, and Paul Pogba underwent ankle surgery last week, leaving Man United short in the middle of the park. On top of their injury woes, Red Devils are planning for life without Pogba and Nemanja Matic hence their eagerness to bring in one or two recruits in midfield.

France international reportedly has his heart set on joining Real Madrid, while Matic is out of contract at the end of the campaign and has been heavily linked with MLS club Chicago Fire.

Red Devils main priority has been to get a deal over the line for Sporting Lisbon playmaker Bruno Fernandes. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward held talks with Sporting president Frederico Varandas in London last week, but the two sides are some distance apart with regards to Bruno’s valuation.