Man Utd exploring “swap loan deal” for £151k-p/w “top talent”, it’s bad news for Mount

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Despite the summer transfer window closing on Friday, Manchester United is still highly active in the market, and a new development has been made on a potential last-minute signing.

What recent news regarding transfers at Man United?

Christian Falk, a German transfer journalist, claims that Man United and Bayern Munich are in talks over a potential “swap loan deal” involving Scott McTominay and Ryan Gravenberch.

Using social media, Falk disclosed:

“TRUE. Scott McTominay is a target for Bayern. Also brought up is a swap loan arrangement with Ryan Gravenberch.

A move like that might not be good for the hurt Mason Mount.

For how long will Mason Mount be hurt?

In the first few weeks of the Premier League season, Erik ten Hag has had to cope with a variety of problems, including mounting injuries and questionable on-field performances.

new signature Following his £60 million transfer to Old Trafford, Mason Mount has struggled to have a significant influence in the centre of the pitch and has now experienced a setback with a thigh injury.

In fact, according to Premier League Injuries, that will be sufficient to keep him out of the match-day squad until at least the end of September.

Ryan Gravenberch excels at what?

Gravenberch’s acquisition might offer Ten Hag a fantastic opportunity to not only get rid of McTominay but also to add quality depth to the midfield presence and give Mount fierce competition.

The midfielder, who earns £151k a week, is not new to the former Ajax manager because he rose through the ranks of the Dutch club’s academy to become a regular member of the first team before transferring to Bayern Munich last summer when Ten Hag moved to Manchester.

When working with Gravenberch back in 2022, the current Man United manager waxed poetic about the Dutch wunderkind:

“Ryan is a very young player,” Ten Hag said.

“He’s a box-to-box player, which is incredibly crucial for our team. He dribbles well, passes well, and contributes in the build-up play. He also accelerates out of positional play.

He is good in the transition game and can win the balls because of his athleticism and physique. He has gone a long way, but there is still plenty to learn.

Gravenberch has struggled for playing time with the Bundesliga champions, but when given the chance, he has maintained his top standards.

He really rates among the top 25% of his positional contemporaries in the top five European leagues for shots on goal, successful take-ons, tackles, forward passes, and shot-creating actions per 90 minutes.

Additionally, according to FBref, when comparing Gravenberch’s output to Mount’s from the previous season, the two midfielders were nearly equal in a number of important metrics, including shots on target rate (27.3% v. 27.3%), pass completion rate (87.4% v. 75.2% in Gravenberch’s favour), shot-creating actions per 90 (3.91 v. 3.11), percentage of dribblers tackled (52.8% v.

Having said that, it would undoubtedly be bad news for Mount if Ten Hag managed to sign a “top talent” like Gravenberch over the remaining days of the window.

However, it would give United a player who can not only strengthen the midfield presence in the Englishman’s absence, but who can also seamlessly fit in because of his already strong understanding of the manager’s philosophy and style of play.

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