According to The Sun, Manchester United is reportedly setting their sights on bolstering their full-back options this January, with a particular focus on the left-back position following Sergio Reguilon’s recent exit.
The Sun has revealed that United’s scouting team has been keeping a close watch on Miguel Gutierrez, the 22-year-old Spanish left-back who has been making waves at Girona.
Their interest has intensified following his impressive performances, including a standout display in a dramatic 4-3 victory over Atletico Madrid, which has helped fuel Girona’s unexpected title push.
Gutierrez, a key player in Girona’s starting lineup, has already clocked up 20 appearances this season, contributing one goal and three assists. His journey to Girona began at Real Madrid’s academy, where he made nine appearances in La Liga for the senior team.
His move to Girona in the summer of 2022 has seen him develop into one of the league’s most effective full-backs, with his performances this season earning him plaudits as possibly the division’s top player in that role.
United’s interest in Gutierrez is driven by his high footballing intelligence and his prowess in attacking play, according to The Sun’s report.
But United isn’t alone in their admiration for the young full-back. AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund are also said to be monitoring him, with Dortmund’s £10.5 million bid in the summer having been rejected, as per The Sun.
Despite being under contract with Girona until June 2027, a £22 million offer could potentially persuade the club to release him.
However, Real Madrid’s involvement complicates any potential deal. They retain 50% of Gutierrez’s rights and have a sell-on clause in place.
This arrangement gives Madrid the option to either re-sign Gutierrez, potentially to sell on for a profit, or to match any bid made by United to bring him back to their squad.