Manchester United have completed the loan signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.
Speculation over Sabitzer moving to Old Trafford gathered pace on deadline day following the news that Christian Eriksen has been ruled out of action for three minutes due to an ankle injury.
With Bayern Munich refusing to budge on Ryan Gravenberch, United switched their attention to Austria international Sabitzer, who was also attracting interest from Chelsea.
Now, Manchester United have officially announced the signing of Sabitzer on loan until the end of the season. There is no option or obligation to buy the player when the loan deal expires.
Sabitzer has agreed terms and completed his medical at Carrington, so he will be available for selection at the weekend. There’s a chance he will be in the stands for tomorrow night’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.
Speaking to club media about his loan move, Sabitzer said (via ManUtd.com): “Sometimes in life you have to make quick and important decisions. From the moment I heard about this opportunity I knew it was right for me. I am a competitive player; I want to win and help the club achieve its aims this season.
“I feel that I am at my peak as a player, and that I can contribute a lot of experience and energy to the squad. I am excited to start with my new team-mates and manager and to show my qualities to Manchester United fans.”
John Murtough added: “Marcel is a player that we have watched for a long time. The opportunity arose quickly, and we knew that he was someone with the ability and character to make an impact. He adds further quality to our squad and experience to the dressing room, and all of us are pleased to be welcoming him to Manchester United.”
The Austrian has struggled to nail down a place in the Bayern Munich XI in recent months and is keen to join United to play regular first team football, like he did so well at RB Leipzig before moving to Bavaria. He becomes our third loan signing of the month after Jack Butland and Wout Weghorst.