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16/05/2023 21:10

‘Goodbye Sabitzer’: Man Utd target 3 midfield shortlist including ‘powerful’ star

Manchester United are rumored to be interested in at least two well-known players this summer, despite the fact that it is unclear who will own them come next season.

It makes sense that Erik Ten Hag would prioritize signing a new striker. The Red Devils have been forced to rely on Burnley striker Wout Weghorst on loan and Anthony Martial, who has been injured quite a bit, after reluctantly allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Old Trafford at the conclusion of last year.

The 20-time league champions have struggled to find consistency up front; if not for Marcus Rashford’s stellar campaign, in which he has scored 29 goals across all competitions, the Red Devils would almost probably be worse off than they are right now.

Manchester United requires more than simply a new forward, though. Prior to the upcoming season, there is also a case to be made for the need of a center midfielder.

Even if Marcel Sabitizer is doing admirably, he is merely a loan player from Bayern Munich, and there is no assurance that the Austrian will be permitted to make the move permanent at the end of the current campaign.

As a result, according to a recent Football Insider article, Ten Hag has created a shortlist of three midfielders, which includes Amadou Onana of Everton.

Onana, 21, has had a standout first season at Goodison Park and has recently been referred to as a “powerful boy” by manager Sean Dyche (Liverpool Echo). The Belgian international has adapted to the Premier League like a duck to water and is expected to submit a transfer request should the Toffees find themselves relegated.

Manchester United are rumored to be interested in Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea and Ryan Gravenberch of Bayern Munich, who has also been widely linked with a summer transfer to Liverpool, in addition to Everton’s highly regarded number eight.

Adrien Rabiot’s arrival at Old Trafford could spell the end of Marcel Sabitzer’s stay

Adrien Rabiot of Juventus is reportedly manager Erik ten Hag’s top objective when it comes to strengthening Manchester United’s midfield during the summer transfer window.

At the start of the season, Ten Hag was eager to sign the France international. The Bianconeri and United agreed on a transfer money, but United was unable to reach an agreement on the transfer’s personal terms.

Since then, Rabiot has had a season with Juventus that has changed his life. With an astounding 11 goals and four assists from 44 games across all competitions, he has been one of their greatest players.

When his contract expires in June, the midfielder appears certain to leave on a free transfer, and it has been claimed that United are ‘pushing’ to sign him because he is a key target for Ten Hag.

According to us, a Bosman contract for the 28-year-old might directly affect Marcel Sabitzer.

After Christian Eriksen’s injury setback in January, Sabitzer was a last-minute loan addition from Bayern Munich.

With three goals and one assist in 18 appearances, the Austrian has performed admirably, but ever since Eriksen returned from an ankle injury last month, he has frequently been on the bench.

The former captain of Leipzig has impressed with his work ethic and intense pressing but lacks technical proficiency. Over 1,000 minutes at United, he has only produced three significant chances.

Sabitzer has also struggled to make more than one crucial pass per game. It comes as no surprise that last winter, manager Erik ten Hag wanted to loan Ryan Gravenberch from Bayern Munich.

The following season, Rabiot would be a better option than Sabitzer. The World Cup finalist is better at tackling, distributing the ball, and winning ground and aerial battles.

Rabiot is a free transfer option this summer, although Sabitzer might cost up to £30m. He would be a wise acquisition to free up cash for the purchase of a star striker.

Rabiot’s entry may thus open the door for Sabitzer to visit the Allianz Arena again. If Scott McTominay, Fred, or Donny van de Beek also depart, it won’t come as a surprise to us.

The person most likely to go for the exit door might be Fred. Given that McTominay is a native son and is still in the prime of his playing career, the Red Devils may wish to keep him.

Van van Beek may not need to take on a new challenge as he is still healing from a knee ailment.

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