Manchester United have held exploratory talks with Stuttgart over signing giant striker Sasa Kalajdzic, claims a report in Germany.
New United boss Erik ten Hag is believed to be keen to add to his forward line. And his need will become even greater if the unhappy Cristiano Ronaldo gets his wish and moves on.
There are reported to be a number of other clubs interested in the forward, who scored scored six goals in 15 games last season. Injuries blighted his campaign, but the 25-year-old’s record of 22 goals in 48 Bundesliga games is more than respectable.
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have spoken to the player’s agent. While, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Chelsea have also been mentioned as suitors.
Bild claimed last month that Tottenham, Roma, and Brighton were potential landing clubs for the attacker.
Spurs though have since added Richarlison, which will likely rule them out of the equation.
Despite all of the interest in the 15-cap Austria international, Stuttgart have not received a bid for the player.
Former Arsenal chief Sven Mislintat is the man in charge of transfers at the German club. And Mislintat will not want to lose the player for free next summer when his contract expires.
Stuttgart ‘relaxed’ over Kalajdzic future
“We’re still hoping he will stay,” Mislintat told DPA last month. “Saaa once said he won’t leave us on a free due to the support he got from us. That means if there’s no movement in the summer, we have legitimate hope that he’ll extend.
Stuttgart also have two other assets in the form of Borna Sosa and Orel Mangala.
“We don’t have to sell all three,” added Mislintat. “And we still haven’t received concrete offers for neither of them, so we’re relaxed. We have price expectations for all three.”
A transfer fee in the region of €25m has been mentioned by Bild for Kalajdzic.
That would be a price tag well within the boundaries of the majority of his Premier League suitors. The report claims a move to England is at the forefront of the striker’s mind. And United would fancy their chances of luring the player to Old Trafford to spearhead Ten Hag’s revolution.