Man Utd have been criticized by a prominent journalist who revealed the club’s failed attempt to hijack a Timo Werner transfer and their unwillingness to support Erik ten Hag because of a winger he knows well.
Werner, 26, recently put pen to paper about a return to RB Leipzig. The ex-Chelsea striker failed to make it to Stamford Bridge and was picked up by his former club for a fee of up to £25million.
However, according to the Manchester Evening NewsWerner’s destiny could have been so very different.Read:Jack Grealish discusses Man City form, media criticism, England’s crunch Nations League fixtures and more | Football News
They report Manchester United made an “eleventh hour attempt” to hijack the Leipzig deal for Werner.
Obviously, the move failed, something the play’s author, Samuel Luckhurst, said. described as a “humiliation” and the latest setback in United’s ‘chaotic’ transfer window.
United have brought on board three first-team players in the form of Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen.
However, their pursuit of Frenkie de Jong has now lasted more than 13 weeks. In addition, they failed to draw a versatile attacker – something they have been aiming for since the beginning of the window.
Marko Arnautovic was the last to fall by the wayside after United pulled the plug on their pursuit. The reasons why can be found here.
Ajax winger Antony remains a high priority, although a price tag of as much as €80 million is likely to stop any move in his tracks.Read:Nick Kyrgios: Wimbledon fan sues ‘reckless’ Australian tennis player after being accused of having ‘700 drinks’
That could pave the way for a Cody Gakpo approach. However, that move is It is unlikely to accelerate until PSV Eindhoven’s fate in the Champions League is determined.
Man Utd refuses to pursue Ten Hag’s target
The MEN report a target Erik ten Hag would like to sign, Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech.
The Blues are open to the redemption of the 29-year-old Moroccan who played the best football of his career under Ten Hag at Ajax.
However, the report adds that Ten Hag “meets resistance” in his pursuit of the player.Read:Norwich City v West Brom: Match report and player ratings
Ten Hag sees Ziyech as an ideal alternative for Antony. United have supported their manager and pursued most of the goals he put forward, although they have made an ‘exception’ for Ziyech.
Why exactly is not stated. Age could be a factor, although Arnautovic is 33 and United are making an offer for the Bologna frontman.
Ziyech deal can slip through Ten Hag’s fingers
The Moroccan is not without his admirers. Serie A champions AC Milan are indeed making a deal.
Milan want a rental basis with a purchase option, although Chelsea would rather have an obligation.
However, the latest news from Italy suggested the winger is now willing to cut wages to make the move possible.
It is clear that the salary issue is not one of the reasons why Man Utd will not take action either.