Ten Hag keen: Man United told fee needed to sign “machine”; he’s open to Old Trafford transfer 

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For Marcel Sabitzer to join Manchester United permanently, it is estimated that they will have to fork up up to £25 million from Bayern Munich.

What recent Man United news is there regarding Sabitzer?

After Christian Eriksen suffered an injury setback, Erik ten Hag signed Sabitzer on a loan deal that would last through the conclusion of the season. The 29-year-old has since made numerous appearances across all leagues, standing out during Thursday’s first leg of the Sevilla vs. Sevilla Europa League quarterfinal.

The Austrian scored twice in the opening period, but the Red Devils later gave up twice, leaving the tie open going into the second leg in Spain. Due to this, Red Devils icon and former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel singled out Sabitzer for appreciation, saying:

The player with two goals, Marcel Sabitzer, is the finest; he was excellent. He has been let down by his comrades. They were unaware of the route he had shown them.

There has been buzz about the midfielder making a permanent move, with earlier reports claiming that “decisive talks” were about to begin.

In the previous 48 hours, The Sun published a transfer update regarding Sabitzer. According to them, the player wants to convert his loan into a permanent transfer, and Ten Hag is interested in a full-time transfer as well.

The possibilities of a transfer, they claim, depend on the German powerhouses decreasing their asking price. They add, meanwhile, that Bayern are wanting an initial £20 million plus an additional £5 million in add-ons to authorize a permanent exit.

Is Sabitzer worth $25 million?

Sabitzer, dubbed a “machine” by Diogo Dalot, has a contract in Germany that runs through 2025, so Bayern may not feel any pressure to drop their asking price this summer.

Transfermarkt presently values the player at €20 million (£17.8 million), down from a career-high €42 million (£37.5 million) back in 2021 before heading to Munich. Those numbers might be used to imply that moving to Bayern hasn’t been successful, and given that the player just turned 29 last month, a £25 million asking price might be seen as excessive.

However, the Red Devils are in the market for a new midfielder this summer, so they will need to determine whether or not Sabitzer fits into their long-term goals.

United also has Casemiro and Eriksen in the midfield, so the team may be better suited focusing on a star midfielder who is younger than Sabitzer, perhaps one of the youngsters like Frenkie de Jong or Jude Bellingham, who have been linked with high-profile moves.

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