Manchester United will be able to sign loanee midfielder Marcel Sabitzer for just 20m euros (£17.9m) this summer should they wish to make the Austrian a permanent addition at Old Trafford, it has been revealed.
The midfielder arrived from Bayern Munich on transfer deadline day in January following the news that Christian Eriksen was set to be sidelined until May with an ankle injury sustained in a routine FA Cup win over Reading.
He has impressed plenty too, with his two goals against Sevilla in the first leg of the Europa League clash only furthering the cause to sign him permanently, and having been otherwise solid in his 13 appearances to date.
Midfield is an area that the Red Devils are looking to strengthen this summer, and to that end the 29-year-old could be a shrewd acquisition, with the arrival of Ryan Gravenberch and the impending arrival of former teammate Konrad Laimer at the Allianz Arena likely making Sabitzer surplus to requirements for Thomas Tuchel.
And, with Bayern eyeing up a hefty move for Victor Osimhen this summer, they are willing to accept just £18m to let Sabitzer go in a bid to raise funds for the striker.
The midfielder himself has not ruled out staying, admitting that he is happy at Old Trafford.
‘United made it clear that it was a project until the summer, then we’ll see’, he told German outlet Bild.
‘But I can say that I found my place here. Now I know the Premier League and can say there’s nothing better, more intense and tougher. Every game is a fight. It’s the best league in the world. When you play once here you know it’s incomparable
‘Of course my thoughts are on United, especially with the trust I get from Erik ten Hag – it’s very positive. But I’m not the only one who decides.’
A move for Sabitzer on a permanent deal could prove an excellent deal for all parties.