Christian Eriksen was one of Manchester United’s most important players during the first half of the season but a serious ankle injury at the end of January meant that he was ruled out for the majority of the remaining five months of the season.
Midfield was already an area United were light in and thus, Erik ten Hag scoured the market to find a replacement on a short-term basis.
Eventually, they landed on Bayern Munich star Marcel Sabitzer, who had experienced a mixed first 18 months in Munich, with Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich above him in the pecking order.
Sabitzer has acclimatised well to life at Old Trafford and just roughly a month after he joined the club, it is now being reported that United are considering signing him on a permanent deal.
That’s according to 90min, who say that a decision has not been made yet but club officials see it as an opportunity to upgrade the squad.
It’s claimed that Bayern Munich are currently not planning to use Sabitzer and the impending arrival of Konrad Laimer could further dent Sabitzer’s chances of breaking into the side. It’s reported that as little as £20m could get the deal over the line for United.
Sabitzer has done well but it’s far too early to make any decision on his future. Ten Hag will go over his options and identify summer targets and if Sabitzer is on that list, the club should pursue it.
As things stand, however, the 28-year-old will return to his parent club and it’s reasonable to assume that he will only be making a permanent transfer to Old Trafford if the Reds fail to land other targets.
In the report, it’s also claimed that Frenkie de Jong, the subject of intense interest from United last summer, remains a player Ten Hag is keen on bringing in.