Manchester United are interested in signing Bayern Munich’s Marcel Sabitzer
Manchester United are interested in signing Bayern Munich’s Marcel Sabitzer and enquire about Frankfurt’s Daichi Kamada but Erik ten Hag faces a race against time to bring in cover for the injured Christian Eriksen
Manchester United are pressing ahead with a deadline day move for Bayern Munich’s out of favour midfielder Marcel Sabitzer – but face a race against time to seal the deal.
The Red Devils are looking to strengthen their midfield after losing Christian Eriksen to injury for the next three months and Austrian international Sabitzer has emerged as a target as the 28-year-old searches for more game time.
Erik ten Hag has spoken to Sabitzer, who missed Bayern training once he heard about United’s interest, about the potential deal.
Man United are keen to make a move for Bayern star Marcel Sabitzer on deadline day
The Austrian international has struggled to win a starting spot under Julian Nagelsmann (R)
The player is keen on the move and was reportedly spotted at Munich Airport on Tuesday afternoon.
United know they face a race against the clock – with the window closing at 11pm – but have prepared a medical for Sabitzer in an effort to get the deal over the line.
Sabitzer has found himself frozen out at the Allianz Arena this season and has not started a game since before the World Cup in early November – during their 2-0 Champions League win against Inter Milan.
Sabitzer would add quality to Erik ten Hag’s midfield alongside the likes of Casemiro, Scott McTominay, Fred and Bruno Fernandes, but time is running out to get the deal done with just hours remaining until the transfer window slams shut.
He has played 54 times since arriving at Bayern in 2021, scoring twice, struggling to nail down regular first team football.
Japan international Daichi Kamada is also an option with United making an enquiry to Frankfurt
Sabitzer started just eight times in the Bundesliga last season, coming off the bench 17 times – scoring once and providing one assist. He made a name for himself at RB Leipzig with some impressive displays between 2014 and 2021.
He made 229 outings with the Red Bull-owned outfit, netting 52 goals in the process before earning a £14m switch to Bayern.
The Red Devils have also made an enquiry to Eintracht Frankfurt about Japan international Daichi Kamada
The 26-year old midfielder made his debut for Japan against Germany in the World Cup and has scored 12 goals in the Bundesliga this season. Kamada is out of contract in the summer
Meanwhile, United have been offered the chance to sign Atletico Madrid’s Yannick Carrasco as they seek reinforcements in the wake of Eriksen’s fitness blow.
Eriksen picked up an ankle injury after a forceful challenge from Andy Carroll during United’s 3-1 win against Reading on Saturday, and has been ruled out for three months.
The Red Devils have also been offered the chance to sign Atletico Madrid’s Yannick Carrasco
Ten Hag was quizzed on bringing in a replacement for Eriksen during his press conference on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Nottingham Forest, but admitted that it will be difficult to sign anyone before the transfer window closes.
‘On deadline day it’s difficult. You can’t make policy on such bad injuries, but we have players in the midfield department, good players. We have players who can fill the gap,’ Ten Hag said.
‘I think you can never fill that (gap) because every player has his own characteristics and identity.
Christian Eriksen has been ruled out for three months with an ankle injury in a blow to United
Erik ten Hag believes it will be difficult to sign a replacement for Eriksen on deadline day
‘Another player will always fill in in a different way, but it doesn’t mean you have to be less successful.’
Eriksen and Carrasco are widely regarded as different players, with the former operating almost exclusively in central midfield alongside Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes since arriving at Old Trafford last summer, while Carrasco tends to play out wide.
Carrasco has shown his versatility over the years by featuring in a more central role at times, though, and with United facing a busy second half of the season as they continue to play in four different competitions they could see him as a useful option to have in their squad.
Ten Hag has Fred and Scott McTominay to deputise for Eriksen, but may seek to bring in an extra body to help his side with their congested fixture list before Tuesday’s 11pm deadline.
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