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Man Utd contacted by three Prem clubs after deciding to loan out first-team attacker

Anthony Elanga, Anthony Martial, Manchester United, July 2022

Anthony Elanga and Anthony Martial of Man Utd, July 2022

Anthony Elanga will be allowed – but not forced – to leave Manchester United on loan before the January transfer window closes, according to a report.

Man Utd have been reluctant to let go of too many players this month, even though some have attracted interest. For example, Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay will be staying at Old Trafford despite reductions in their gametime.

Some of the younger members of Erik ten Hag’s squad have been facing uncertain futures, though. For instance, Elanga has been identified as a potential target by other clubs after only managing five Premier League starts so far this season.

There have been some doubts as to whether Ten Hag will sanction Elanga’s mid-season exit. According to the latest from 90min, though, Man Utd are now open to sending the Swedish striker elsewhere before the end of the month.

The report claims that the Premier League trio of Everton, Leicester City and Southampton have all made contact about taking Elanga on loan.

Further afield, Borussia Dortmund are the main suitors from a pack of German, Italian and Spanish clubs who have been showing an interest.

Now, Man Utd are “prepared to listen to loan offers” for Elanga. But they cannot give any “guarantees” that he will change clubs.

They are keen to ensure he is placed at an appropriate club for his development. Moreover, it is stressed that he will not be “forced” to leave if he doesn’t want to.

However, Man Utd do not seem to be against the idea of Elanga going elsewhere if the appropriate offer comes in.

Loan might be good for Elanga

Since he is under contract until 2026, there is still a place for him in their long-term future. But to restore some confidence after a goalless season so far (from 19 appearances), spending time on loan elsewhere might be beneficial for him.

There have already been claims that Ten Hag does not want him to go to Everton. Since then, though, the Toffees – who are undergoing a managerial change – have been back in contention.

Leicester and Southampton also need to freshen things up for the second half of the season. Both are in the bottom half of the table at present, with Saints in a particularly precarious position since they are in last place.

Man Utd will have to decide if being in a relegation battle will be helpful for Elanga. It didn’t do much good for Donny van de Beek with Everton last year, for example.

But it could be a good test of Elanga’s mentality and give him a springboard to be more successful again.

His overall record at senior level for Man Utd is 48 appearances, four goals and four assists. There is potential there, while his ability to play on either wing or through the middle could make him more useful in time.

But if it is up to him about whether he wants to spend the next six months elsewhere, there would be no shame in deciding to do so.

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