Manchester United is racing against the clock to register Wout Weghorst in time for him to face Manchester City this weekend, with the transaction reportedly stalled due to Vincent Aboubakar’s requests to Besiktas. This month, United has been working with a limited budget to locate a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford.
Erik ten Hag made it plain that he would not be able to rely solely on Anthony Martial between now and the end of the season. In recent weeks, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga have been utilized as temporary strikers.
However, the January transfer window was viewed as an opportunity to enhance Ten Hag’s squad, with a central striker being the objective. Joao Felix and Memphis Depay had been mentioned as potential low-cost loan candidates, but Weghorst has emerged as the leading target.
Weghorst is now on loan at Besiktas for the rest of the season, complicating the situation. The Turkish club is hesitant to let Weghorst leave on a loan to join United unless they are adequately compensated.
United is ‘near to reaching a deal’ with Besiktas to pay a price in the area of £2.5 million, according to the Manchester Evening News. However, nothing has been finalized as Besiktas wants a successor in place before the trade is finalized.
Besiktas’ primary aim is Aboubakar, who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford. However, the Cameroon international is said to want Besiktas to match his salary at Al-Nassr.
Besiktas are thought to be hesitant to comply with Aboubakar’s demands, putting Weghorst’s move to United on hold for the time being. This could have an impact on United since Ten Hag hopes to integrate Weghorst into his team as soon as possible.
They have till Friday at noon to add Weghorst to their roster in order for him to play versus City on Saturday. The next week, Ten Hag’s side will travel to London for road games against Crystal Palace and table-toppers Arsenal.
Weghorst will most likely be signed and confirmed by United by next week in order to get the 30-year-old up to speed and in contention to play. Ten Hag has expressed concerns about Martial’s fitness, and three games in eight days will undoubtedly put him to the test.