Manchester United are considering a surprise move for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
United have been offered the chance to open talks over Hojbjerg, who Tottenham are willing to sell before Friday’s transfer deadline.
Atlético Madrid had a bid of £30 million accepted earlier in the summer for the 28-year-old but the move collapsed after a failure to agree personal terms.
The Denmark international recently also turned down the chance to join the Saudi Pro-League despite being offered a highly lucrative salary package of £45 million net of tax over the term of his contract.
Hojbjerg joined Spurs on a five-year deal for £15 million from Southampton in 2020, when he became Jose Mourinho’s first summer signing, and has been a key senior player up until this season.
It remains to be seen whether United progress talks although their manager Erik ten Hag has been urging them to sign another central midfielder. Ten Hag also knows Hojbjerg from the pair’s time at Bayern Munich together back in 2013.
However, it also appears that United need to raise funds through sales. Sources close to Bayern Munich have played down suggestions that head coach Thomas Tuchel is keen to sign Scott McTominay who can leave United if an appropriate fee is offered. United have quoted £45 million to interested clubs for the Scot but will have to accept less.
Talks have taken place at United to sign Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat, who has appeared their top target, but an offer has not been made, as of yet, which suggests money needs to be brought into Old Trafford first.
Indeed, Amrabat’s representatives have grown frustrated at the lack of progress and are considering their options. Fiorentina appear to have taken the decision not to play the 27-year-old Moroccan international until the transfer window has closed.
Atletico have also shown interest in Amrabat but he has made it clear he prefers a move to the Premier League.
United have struggled in midfield since the start of the campaign and have also suffered a blow with new signing Mason Mount ruled out injured for three-to-five more weeks after damaging his hamstring.
United’s plans have also been complicated by an injury to Luke Shaw which has led them to look for an emergency left-back. Marc Cucurella, Marcos Alonso and Sergio Reguilón are on their target list.