Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed the signing of Manchester United right-back Timothy Fosu-Mensah on a three-year deal.
The 23-year-old defender had six months remaining on his contract at Old Trafford, meaning the Bundesliga side had to pay a minimal compensation fee to push a deal through in January.
That figure is believed to be around £1.8 million. Fosu-Mensah arrived in Germany on Tuesday and should be in the squad for Friday’s top-flight clash with Union Berlin.
Fosu-Mensah began his career in Holland, where he came through the Ajax youth academy before signing for Man Utd in 2016 at the age of 18.
The young defender worked his way through the club’s youth teams as a talented player that could play at right-back, centre back and even as a central midfielder.
However, since joining the club Man United have signed a number of big-name defenders and as such the Dutch talent has struggled for game time.
And after just three appearances and 108 minutes of game time this season, it makes sense that the young defender would opt for a move elsewhere.
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Leverkusen confirmed he has a contract that runs until 2024 with the club and are looking forward to seeing him in action.
“Timothy Fosu-Mensah is a technically adept, fast and physically strong defender who can be used both as a right-back and in the centre,” explained Bayer director of sport Simon Rolfes. “With his commitment, we have secured another top alternative for the defence. Tim is still young and capable of development.”
Managing director Rudi Voller added: “We are facing great sporting challenges in the coming weeks. For this we need resilient players who consistently deliver their top performance.
“Timothy Fosu-Mensah meets our requirements. He has had a lot of experience in the Premier League and has the footballing class to help us achieve our goals.”
Fosu-Mensah will wear No.24 with Leverkusen.