Premier League giants Manchester United continues to struggle in their attempts to secure midfield reinforcements this summer under Erik ten Hag, but could potentially turn to a domestic rival to source a solution before the conclusion of the transfer window as the Red Devils are reportedly interested in Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.
The 28-year-old Danish international built a credible platform in the Premier League across seven seasons at Southampton and Spurs but is currently out of favor under new Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou after making just two substitute appearances in the early doors of the 2023-24 Premier League season.
Reports from The Telegraph’s Jason Burt have linked United with interest in the København-born player after the club has potentially lost out on Moroccan international Sofyan Amrabat.
Per Burt’s report, “Talks have taken place at United to sign Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat, who has appeared their top target, but an offer has not been made, as of yet, which suggests money needs to be brought into Old Trafford first.”
“Indeed, Amrabat’s representatives have grown frustrated at the lack of progress and are considering their options. Fiorentina appears to have taken the decision not to play the 27-year-old Moroccan international until the transfer window has closed.“
As such, “United have been offered the chance to open talks over Hojbjerg, who Tottenham are willing to sell before Friday’s transfer deadline. It remains to be seen whether United progress talks although their manager Erik ten Hag has been urging them to sign another central midfielder.”
Højbjerg has previously been linked with outside interest during the summer window, with the Dane shooting down the chance to join the growing Saudi exodus, while Spanish giants Atlético Madrid had a £30m bid accepted by Spurs, before the player failed to sign on to personal terms with the capital side.
As things stand, Postecoglou has preferred the midfield tandem of Yves Bissouma and Pape Matar Sarr, and it is conceivable that there could be a move for the player in some capacity before the window shuts. With Rodrigo Bentancur close to recovering from an ACL injury, Højbjerg will only fall further down the pecking order in North London.