Liverpool, Man Utd target speaks out as role change adds fuel to rumours

Date published: Thursday 1st April 2021 4:55 - Samuel Bannister

Marcel Sabitzer has dropped another hint about a potential move to the Premier League amid links with the likes of Manchester United.

Sabitzer seems ready to leave RB Leipzig, where he has been since 2014, this summer. At 27 years old, the midfielder does not want to miss the chance to take the next step in his career. That means a move to the Premier League could beckon, where there are three potential suitors.

Sabitzer helped eliminate Tottenham from the Champions League last season and Spurs have been interested ever since. Reports have also suggested interest from Manchester United.

A third contender would be Liverpool, who are on the hunt for reinforcements to help them return to title contention after falling short this season.

With only one year left on his contract, Sabitzer could be an interesting option for Premier League teams to pursue. He has made no secret of his admiration of the English top flight in the past and has now commented again about potentially playing there.

In an interview with Kicker, his name was mentioned in connection with clubs like Liverpool and United. Bayern Munich and Real Madrid were also named as part of a question about where he could see himself playing.

And the response was positive. He said: “I can imagine it a lot.”

One thing that makes Sabitzer an appealing target is his versatility. The Austrian can play as a winger or a central midfielder.

More recently, he has been used in a deeper, holding midfield role by Leipzig. It adds another layer to his profile and could particularly make him more of a realistic target for United, who already have enough options in attacking midfield.

It seems Sabitzer is willing to stay in his new territory as well.

He said: “I enjoyed the position. The new position also changed my game again.

“In the centre, you will receive the ball more and you have to make faster decisions. However, I still have the urge to create something offensively.”

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Despite the links, the MEN claim that Sabitzer is not on United’s shortlist at present.

Man Utd need five-signing overall

Meanwhile, one pundit has spoken out on where United may need to strengthen – including the manager’s position.

Asked by ESPN FC how many signings United need, Craig Burley said: “Okay, so a manager…

“I believe Man United will not win the league with [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer in charge.

“So a manager, a centre-half, a right-back because [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka is defensively good, going forward, not so good.

“If [Manchester] City sign [Erling] Haaland… I don’t know. Probably four or five again, still a fair chunk yeah. Still a fair chunk.”

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