Champions League Club Could Make A Surprise Bid For Phil Jones In January

Phil Jones reacts.

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Manchester United outcast Phil Jones is a target for Benfica who could make a bid come January.

The last time the Englishman made a senior appearance for United was 23 months ago against Tranmere Rovers in January of 2020, following which he fell out of favour with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Jones has failed to get himself up in the pecking order since then.

However, since the arrival of Ralf Rangnick, he has become a familiar sight on the bench. According to recent reports, the defender has impressed the German who was even willing to give him a chance in the Champions League. That ultimately could not happen due to UEFA regulations,  as he was not registered for the competition by Solskjaer.

Nevertheless, the centre-back has a comeback on the cards and would have likely featured for the Red Devils around this time if not for the recent postponements of matches.

The Primeira Liga outfit, on the other hand, are looking for a versatile and experienced defender to add to their roster and have identified the United man as their target, according to the Daily Mail.

Meanwhile, Rangnick has been very open about letting players leave in January as he believes the squad is too big as of now. It is understood that any offer from the Portuguese outfit will be considered by the club. Moreover, the 29-year-old himself is ready to depart Old Trafford in search of regular game time.

Although the Mancunians prefer a permanent transfer, a loan deal is said to be more likely to materialise. As the England international is contracted until 2023, negotiating a permanent transfer is going to be relatively difficult.

The Manchester outfit may have grown past the need for the veteran, but he is a capable defender who can still revive his career.