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Man Utd star greenlights his own exit and next club is named after Ten Hag withdraws his support

Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag

Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag

A Man Utd star will ‘definitely’ not be at Old Trafford next season, and his likeliest next club has been named after Erik ten Hag seemingly withdrew his support of the player, per reports.

The Red Devils were content to sanction just a trio of cheep and cheerful loan arrivals in January. Jack Butland was brought on board from Crystal Palace to replace Martin Dubravka. The Slovakian had been recalled six months early by Newcastle.

Elsewhere, Wout Weghorst filled the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo once United opted against moving for Cody Gakpo despite confirmed interest.

Finally, Christian Eriksen’s late-window ankle injury opened the door for Marcel Sabitzer to arrive from Bayern Munich.

Weghorst has received the most game-time of the three January additions, though it’s fair to say he’s not had the desired effect in front of goal.

Indeed, The Dutchman, 30, has notched just two goals and three assists in 23 outings across all competitions for Man Utd. He’s yet to break his duck for the Red Devils in the Premier League.

His willingness to press did earn him a backer in Ten Hag. However, according to numerous outlets, it’ll not be enough to force Man Utd into forging a permanent deal from scratch. His loan spell from Burnley does not contain an option to buy.

Football Insider claimed Premier League-bound Burnley also don’t see a future for Weghorst at Turf Moor. As such, his future must lay away from either of those clubs.

The Sun claimed a return to Besiktas – where Weghorst was on loan in the first half of the season – was a possibility.

Now, Turkish outlet Spor Arena report Weghorst himself has given the go-ahead to rejoining Besiktas. However, this time it could be on a permanent deal, not a loan.

Firstly, it’s claimed Man Utd will ‘definitely’ not sign Weghorst outright. If true, Ten Hag has given up on the idea of bringing his fellow Dutchman on board beyond the current campaign.

Instead, Besiktas are ‘preparing to make a move’ and Weghorst has given his blessing to returning in discussions with the Turkish side’s officials.

Personal terms are still to be thrashed out, as is the transfer fee Burnley will receive. But given Vincent Kompany’s side want Weghorst off their books, they’re unlikely to drive a hard bargain.

Spor Arena cite a €14m (approx. £12.5m) valuation of Weghorst, though in all likelihood they’re simply listing the figure quoted on Weghorst’s Transfermarkt page.

Man Utd’s primary focus in the upcoming summer window is signing a centre-forward who’ll do what Weghorst hasn’t – find the net on a regular basis.

Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen are their preferred targets, though there’s no shortage of back-up options who’ve been linked.

Alternatives on United’s radar include Randal Kolo Muani, Goncalo Ramos, Rasmus Hojlund and Mohammed Kudus.

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