Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg: Manchester United approach Tottenham for Danish midfielder
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, a midfielder for Tottenham who represents Denmark internationally, is entering the final two years of his contract. Erik ten Hag is also considering Ryan Gravenberch of Bayern Munich and Sofyan Amrabat of Fiorentina as midfield options.
Hojbjerg’s contract is in its final two years, and Tottenham would let him depart if a good bid came through.
Earlier in this transfer window, the Danish international came very close to joining Atletico Madrid.
The Dutchman previously managed Hojbjerg at Bayern Munich’s reserve squad in 2013, and the 28-year-old has only made two substitute appearances for Tottenham this season.
Prior to Hojbjerg’s departure from Southampton for Tottenham in 2020, he also sought to sign him at Ajax.
Sofyan Amrabat of Fiorentina and Ryan Gravenberch of Bayern Munich are two further choices.
Both players are favorites of Ten Hag, who previously managed Amrabat at Utrecht and Gravenberch at Ajax.
Although a deal for Amrabat cannot be ruled out, most of the rumors about a transfer are coming from Italy. While he sorts out his future, Amrabat is now training separately from the first-team group.
There’s still a chance that Old Trafford won’t bring in any more significant outfield additions this summer.
On the surface, this appears to be a strange turn in the story of Manchester United’s midfield, but it fits a well-known pattern in which Erik ten Hag prefers to work with players he is already familiar with.
Although Ten Hag has made a strong case for it, it is obvious that Manchester United needs another central midfielder. However, money is scarce. This summer, Old Trafford welcomed three new players, who together cost close to £200 million. The money still available won’t go very far.
Hojbjerg may thus fit Man Utd’s difficult fee structure, but he unquestionably isn’t the solution to Ten Hag’s search for a young, explosive ball player.
Frenkie de Jong indeed fit the target profile, but Ten Hag made a beeline for him last summer despite the fact that his price would have been much more than most other available possibilities.
“Hojbjerg lacks possession but is aggressive, diligent, and tenacious on defense.
“Ten Hag would be better off looking elsewhere if he wants a midfielder who can play defense, while also being capable of launching quick counter-offensives in transition, playing on the half turn, and finding creative solutions in forward areas – in the mould of De Jong.”
Who will move during the transfer window’s final days before it ends on September 1 at midnight in Scotland and 11pm in England?
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