Weghorst’s move to Old Trafford can be completed in the next few days if Man United and Besiktas reach a consensus.
Currently, Manchester United’s plan is to sign a short-term striker until the 2023 summer market opens. Because, their top targets like Victor Osimhen, Benjamin Sesko and Harry Kane have not been reached.
After Robin van Persie, Romelu Lukaku is the last striker to join Man United at his peak. Radamel Falcao, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Odion Ighalo, Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo are all on the other side of the slopes and signed short-term contracts.
Six years ago, Lukaku had high expectations but showed disappointing performance. After only two seasons, the Belgian striker returned to Inter Milan for £ 75 million.
Ten Hag needs an experienced striker to replace Ronaldo. Photo: AFP
According to British media, the summer of 2023 is the time when Man United aims to recruit a quality striker. However, coach Erik ten Hag wants to immediately add personnel when the contract with Ronaldo has been terminated. Therefore, Weghorst is the name that best fits their criteria.
If negotiations go well, Weghorst will join Old Trafford in the coming days. Besiktas does not want to sell the 30-year-old player, but Weghorst expressed his desire to join Man United.
Ten Hag wɑnted an experienced striker to spread out in many arenas. In fɑct, last season, Weghorst only had 2 goals in 20 appearances for Burnley in the Premier League. However, he had an impressive performance at the 2022 World Cup, including a double against Argentina.
Wout Weghorst is very close to Man United. Photo: AFP
Weghorst could be Man United’s last short-term contract after a series of “bombs”. In addition to the Dutch striker, “Red Devils” do not have many options. Contract time is a fɑctor that makes the Old Trafford team difficult. Most players want a contract of at least 18 months, while United only specify 6 months.
Ten Hag once held Cody Gakpo, Liverpool’s rookie, but the MU leadership did not make any moves. Meanwhile, Oliver Giroud was also considered but faced tax obstacles. Therefore, Weghorst is the most likely target for the “Red Devils”.
Wout Weghorst scored twice against Argentina at the 2022 World Cup. Photo: AFP
At least, Man United will have an experienced and somewhat proven striker. Ten Hag needs to strengthen their attɑck to aim for the Champions League. This will make it easier for them to reach their goals this summer.
Among them, Napoli’s Osimhen is the leading candidate. The Nigerian has scored 11 goals in 16 games for Napoli this season, and suits Man United in age and style.
Next is Sesko, the 19-year-old striker of Salzburg. In fɑct, Sesko has reached an agreement to join RB Leipzig after this season ends. However, Sesko will consider if there is a more attractive offer.
Finally, there is Kane, who will enter the final 12 months of his contract with Tottenham this summer. The 29-year-old striker almost left Spurs in 2021 before Manchester City gave up.
With the current situation, when the contract is about to expire, both Tottenham and Kane will consider the future. If you want to leave after this season, Man United is a potential destination for the English striker.
With City signing Haaland last summer and Liverpool adding Darwin Nunez and Gakpo, United became a promising option for Kane.
Harry Kane could be a target for Man United this summer. Photo: AFP
However, a necessary condition for Man United is a ticket to the Champions League. That’s why they wɑnted to recruit Weghorst urgently. The Dutch striker will serve Man United’s Top 4 goal.