Manchester United is nearing completion on the loan signing of Marcel Sabitzer from Bayern Munich until the end of the season, with the Austrian currently at Carrington for a physical.
Sabitzer will become United’s third and final acquisition of the January transfer window if a deal is completed before the 11 p.m. deadline, following the loan signings of Jack Butland and Wout Weghorst.
United has made a move for Sabitzer after it was announced that Christian Eriksen will be out for a prolonged period of time. The Denmark midfielder will be out until late April after suffering an ankle injury in Saturday’s FA Cup triumph over Reading.
Carrington Sabitzer Medical Center
Sabitzer arrived in the UK on Tuesday to finalize his loan move to Manchester United before the deadline tonight.
According to the MEN’s Manchester United correspondent Samuel Luckhurst, United already had trucks at Manchester Airport to transfer Sabitzer to their Carrington training complex, and his arrival was confirmed by our top reporter shortly after 8.30 p.m. It is there that the Austrian star will get his medical and papers completed.
United was expecting to have a few hours to finalize the transaction before the window closed at 11 p.m.
The Premier League loan rules are discussed.
United have already confirmed the loan signings of Butland and Weghorst from English clubs this month, so Sabizter would bring their total to three.
The Premier League manual states that “Premier League teams may not register more than two players on loan at any one time,” although this only pertains to domestic loan signings. As a result, Sabitzer’s entrance from Germany does not violate any rules.
United’s first loan acquisition of the season was Martin Dubravka, who was recalled by Newcastle United earlier this month. If Sabitzer arrives before the deadline, he will become the club’s fourth registered loan player.
As a result, United is following another Premier League rule that states: “The maximum number of loans registrable in the same season is four, and under no circumstances shall more than one be from the same club at any one time.”
Ten Hag’s words
During his pre-Nottingham Forest press conference earlier today, United manager Erik ten Hag was asked about the potential of the club completed a deadline-day transfer.
According to Ten Hag: “As you stated, it is difficult to adopt a policy on such serious injuries on deadline day. However, we have players in the middle. Excellent players. We have players that can step in.”
Why is United pursuing Sabitzer?
Sabitzer joined RB Leipzig in 2014 and quickly established himself as one of the Bundesliga’s top midfielders, finishing the 2019/2020 season with 16 goals and 11 assists across all competitions. He joined the Bavarian giants in 2021 for a rumored sum of €16 million (£14 million).
In Eriksen’s absence, the Austrian international appears to be an excellent short-term solution for United.
Who else was curious?
Chelsea was also linked with Sabitzer on deadline day, but United is close to signing him. Chelsea is also interested in signing Enzo Fernandez from Benfica for £105 million.
What squad number will you be wearing?
Of course, there are a few more details to work out before then, but Sabitzer does have options, including his “dream” number 7 shirt, which Cristiano Ronaldo abandoned when he departed Old Trafford for the second time. Other shirt numbers he has include 13, 15, 24, 32, and 35.