Manchester United have been sent varying messages regarding two reported January transfer targets with the mid-season window just 11 weeks away from opening. Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans has been urged to spurn the advances of the Premier League giants while Portugal international Paulo Oliveira is flattered by interest from the club.
Louis van Gaal is undecided whether he will sign players during the winter window, despite having a lack of options both at the heart of his defence and attack. Nevertheless, there appears to be no shortage of potential options as the continent's finest young players continue to flirt with the idea of a move to Old Trafford.
Tielemans, the Belgium Under-21 international, has been urged to reject a potential move to United by club legend Paul van Himst. Goal.com understand the 18-year-old is being tracked by the 20-time English league champions, who is also subject to interest from champions Chelsea.
However, the player has been urged to remain in his homeland and prove himself by winning the Pro League's best player award before moving to United or any other European rival. "Tielemans first has to become Anderlecht's star performer and win the Golden Shoe to be ready for [a transfer] abroad," he told Voetbalkrant, according to Goal.com. "It would prove that he has played a full year at a high level. And that's what I'm waiting for from Tielemans".
Meanwhile, Sporting Lisbon defender Paulo Oliveira is understood to be flattered by reports linking him with a move to United. The Mirror [according to The Metro] believes that with Luke Shaw's injury stretching their defensive resources, the club will look to bolster their squad with the £6m capture of the 23-year-old.
Though Oliveira has no plans to take his leave from the Portuguese capital, the player is delighted with the report. "It's a good sign," he told television channel Antena 1, according to The Express. "I don't know the truth of these claims, but it's good to know that your work is being assessed and I have continue to work so as not to rest on my laurels."
"I'm happy to be here and I hope to win more titles. The group is united and our main objective in each game is to win, which we will do because we have a talented group and we trust each other."