In 2019, the 18-year-old Dutchman went to Old Trafford from Ajax. Hoogewerf, mostly a right-winger, had played in the Premier League 2 with United’s Under-23s this season.
However, Bundesliga clubs have frequently sought to recruit the finest and brightest players from the English competition.
Indeed, Borussia Dortmund enjoyed the benefits in grand style by signing Jadon Sancho from Manchester City in 2017 and Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City in 2020.
Monchengladbach, according to United’s official website, has followed in United’s footsteps by signing Hoogewerf.
The deal was most likely agreed upon prior to Monday’s deadline and has now been officially announced following international clearance. The move was labeled as ‘permanent’ in a United statement.
Manchester United adds key clauses
ESPN’s Rob Dawson and the Manchester Evening News both gave more information on the switch.
Dawson added that United received an ‘undisclosed price’ and that the agreement had a number of provisions.
The Red Devils have agreed to a sell-on clause as well as a fee if Monchengladbach loans Hoogewerf out in the future.
The MEN backed this claim, albeit their article stated that United was not actively looking to sell Hoogewerf.
The team, on the other hand, has an embarrassment of riches in the attacking ranks. As a result, the teenager’s chances of breaking into the first eleven were exceedingly limited.
As a result, when Monchengladbach came knocking, Manchester United agreed to assist a transfer.
Leeds turned down a deal with Manchester United for a variety of reasons, which have now been exposed.
Meanwhile, Leeds United shunned the chance to sign players from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in January, and Marcelo Bielsa’s reasoning for the lack of action has been revealed, according to a report.
This season, Bielsa’s key engine room lieutenants have been Kalvin Phillips and Adam Forshaw. However, with Phillips out until March due to a hamstring injury, depth is dangerously low at the moment.
Brenden Aaronson of RB Salzburg emerged as their key target. The Austrians, on the other hand, stood firm, leaving Leeds empty-handed as the window slammed shut.
The loan market could have provided a short-term answer to Bielsa’s problems. According to the Yorkshire Post, Leeds had the option to recruit Donny Van de Beek from Manchester United and Harry Winks from Tottenham Hotspur.
According to the report, Leeds United was ‘offered’ both moves, but neither would go to Elland Road. Instead, Van de Beek joined Everton on loan under Frank Lampard. Winks chose to stay in north London.
The article speculates on why Leeds chose not to increase their roster at a time when their relegation opponents, particularly Newcastle, were all strengthening.
According to the report, Bielsa was “adamant” that fresh acquisitions would not be made unless they improved on what he currently had. In other words, the Argentine was only interested in regular starters and was uninterested in building depth.
Leeds has made significant investments since its re-entry into the Premier League. Indeed, they have spent roughly £140 million on new recruits, putting them in the top half of spending over the last 18 months. As a result, Bielsa did not want to burden the club’s financial department with options that he did not consider necessary.