Man Utd have come under fire from a prominent journalist who revealed the club’s failed attempt to hijack a Timo Werner move and their unwillingness to back Erik ten Hag for a winger he knows well.
Werner, 26, recently put pen to paper on his return to RB Leipzig. The former Chelsea striker failed to qualify at Stamford Bridge and was duly signed by his former club for a fee that could be in the region of £25m.
Despite this, according to the Manchester Evening NewsWerner’s fate could have been very different.
They report Manchester United made an “11th hour attempt” to hijack the Leipzig deal for Werner.
The move obviously failed, which the play’s author, Samuel Luckhurst, described as a “disgrace” and the latest setback in United’s “chaotic” transfer window.
United have brought in three first-team players in the form of Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martínez and Christian Eriksen.
However, their search for Frenkie de Jong has lasted more than 13 weeks. They have also failed to sign a versatile striker, something they have been chasing since the start of the window.
Marko Arnautovic was the latest to fall by the wayside after United switched off their pursuit. The the reasons why can be found here.
Ajax winger Antony remains a high priority, although an €80m price tag is likely to stop any move in his tracks.
This could pave the way for a Cody Gakpo approach. However, this movement is It is unlikely to increase until PSV Eindhoven’s Champions League fate is decided.
Man Utd refuse to chase Ten Hag target
The MEN report that one target Erik ten Hag is keen to sign is Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech.
The Blues are open to offloading the 29-year-old Moroccan who played the best football of his career with Ten Hag at Ajax.
However, the report adds that Ten Hag are “running into resistance” in their pursuit of the player.
Ten Hag sees Ziyech as an ideal alternative to Antony. United have backed their manager and pursued most of the targets he has put forward, although they have made an “exception” for Ziyech.
Precisely why is not indicated. Age could be a factor, although Arnautovic is 33 and United are betting on the Bologna front man.
The Ziyech deal could slip through Ten Hag’s fingers
The Moroccan is not exempt from his suitors. In fact, Serie A champions AC Milan are making a deal.
Milan want a loan with an option to buy, although Chelsea would prefer a bond.
However, Italy’s latest suggested the end is now willing to take a pay cut in order to make movement possible.
Clearly the wage issue is not one of the reasons Man Utd won’t be moving either.
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