Marcel Sabitzer: Permanent Man Utd move possible with aborted Liverpool transfer giving Ten Hag major hope
Marcel Sabitzer is hoping to use his loan at Manchester United to earn a permanent summer move to Old Trafford, TEAMtalk can reveal.
The Austrian midfielder moved to the Red Devils on deadline day, his move just going through before the window slammed shut. Signing in a short-term move from Bayern Munich, he will look to catch Erik ten Hag’s eye during his time at the club.
United pushed through the move with relative ease and efficiency on transfer deadline day. And their approach to the entire window has drawn wholesome praise right here.
Indeed, the United manager has spoken on his reasons for bringing Sabitzer to the club. And after struggling for regular starts in Bavaria, he will hope to get plenty of minutes under his belt for United.
To that end, his agent has sent Ten Hag a chilling message about his client.
However, opportunities to impress should be easy to come by at Old Trafford – and certainly in the short term. Donny van de Beek was already out for the season after suffering a serious knee injury. And with Scott McTominay also currently injured, another injury blow – this time to Christian Eriksen – forced Ten Hag into action.
Manchester United next face Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday – a match Sabitzer could debut in.
Following that comes the exciting double header against Leeds United. The first game is on Wednesday night at Old Trafford with the return at Elland Road just four days later.
And Sabitzer will hope to get his chance to shine and show to Ten Hag why he’s been brought to Old Trafford.
Marcel Sabitzer can earn permanent Man Utd transfer
However, TEAMtalk can reveal that while Sabitzer has only signed on an initial loan, he has every chance of earning a permanent switch.
And our transfer insider Graeme Bailey has revealed two factors that will empower Sabitzer to earn a permanent move.
Detailing a lack of minutes at Bayern, Bailey insists Sabitzer is ready to leave Bavaria this summer. Furthermore, Bayern’s imminent signing of long-term Liverpool target Konrad Laimer also spells bad news for Sabitzer. And having made just seven starts in the Bundesliga this season, his compatriot’s arrival will likely push him out the door.
To that end, Laimer has reportedly turned his back on Liverpool to sign a pre-contract agreement to join Bayern.
Discussing the move and Sabitzer’s chances of a permanent move, Bailey has revealed the inside track.
“Marcel Sabitzer arrived at Manchester United on deadline day after the news of Christian Eriksen’s injury was confirmed,” Bailey said.
“United had briefed on the morning of deadline day that a new arrival, despite Eriksen’s injury, they were not in the market for reinforcements.
“I am told, however, that Erik Ten Hag, after speaking with his coaching staff, made it clear to the club’s hierarchy that another midfielder to help cope with Eriksen’s absence, and others, could end up being key to their chances of making the top four.
“And finishing in the top four is something that club bosses would love to see. It was not something United saw as likely this year. But such has been Ten Hag’s impact, it is now very much on the agenda.”
Star is a long-term United target
Bailey also reveals that Sabitzer has been on United’s radar for some time. To that end, the 28-year-old was also of interest to interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
Bailey continued: “Sabitzer – a player United had scouted during Ralf Rangnick’s reign – was a player they knew about so when offered him they did not need an awful lot of time to pursue the matter.”
Discussing why a permanent move could happen, he added: “And whilst there is no option to buy within the current deal, Sabitzer is already aware that he has not long-term future at Bayern. He isn’t currently in the team and Konrad Laimer is joining in the summer.
“And Sabitzer believes he can earn a permanent move to United too this summer. That is now entirely down to him and his performances in the second half of the season. A positive impression could mean he will secure a permanent summer move.”
On his move, Sabitzer said: “Sometimes in life you have to make quick and important decisions. From the moment I heard about this opportunity I knew it was right for me.
“I’m a competitive player; I want to win and help the club achieve its aims this season.
“I feel I’m at my peak as a player and that I can contribute a lot of experience and energy. I’m excited to start with my new teammates and manager and to show my qualities to Manchester United fans.”
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