Solskjaer follows up Man Utd plea with £22m bid for deadly goal-getter

Manchester United have submitted a £22m bid to bring Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi to Old Trafford, according to reports.

United have been on the hunt for a new attacker since the start of the season following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan, with Erling Braut Haaland heavily linked.

Haaland eventually moved to Borussia Dortmund and Marcus Rashford’s serious back injury has led to the Red Devils stepping up their chase for a frontman, as they look to strengthen their bid for Champions League qualification next season.

Indeed, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer issued somewhat of a plea for more goalscorers in his side after Wednesday’s Carabao Cup exit to Manchester City.

The Norwegian said: “We need more goalscorers and more goals. That is a definite. We need someone who will break their nose to score a goal.”

United have been linked with a move for Kosovo international Muriqi in the past few weeks but the player’s agent has recently insisted that his client is going nowhere before Friday’s British transfer deadline.

Despite those comments, Turkish outlet Fotospor claim that United have submitted a £22m bid to bring the striker in.

It is claimed that Fenerbahce want £42m for Muriqi and are unwilling to budge on that valuation.

What’s more, Fenerbahce vice-president Semih Ozsoy is said to have held talks with Muriqi’s agent, Haluk Canatar, and told him not to entertain any offers for the player.

 

 

Muriqi has been in prolific form for Fenerbahce this season, having scored 13 times in 20 appearances – including 12 goals in 13 Super Lig outings.

The 28-year-old has also been linked with Tottenham in the past, with Spurs looking to solve their own problems up front following Harry Kane’s injury.

Spurs have made up ground in that area, however, with the arrival of Steven Bergwijn from PSV.

In other United news, Gary Neville has insisted that new signing Bruno Fernandes will need time to settle in before displaying the form he showed at Sporting Lisbon.

The Red Devils confirmed that they had reached an agreement to sign Fernandes on Wednesday, with a further announcement expected in due course following the midfielder’s medical.

Neville said on the signing: “They’ve got a good-quality player but I’ve not got huge expectations in terms of the next few months.

“In terms of coming to England and settling, he’ll need time.”