EXCLUSIVE: Man Utd weigh up loan to buy offer for Dortmund attacker Malen

Steve Kay
Steve Kay
  • Updated: 8 Jan 2024 21:53 GMT
  • 3 min read
Donyell Malen, Borussia Dortmund
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Manchester United are eyeing a potential loan deal with an option to buy for Borussia Dortmund's Donyell Malen, FootballTransfers has learned.

Sources close to the situation reveal that discussions have been intense at Old Trafford about bringing in the attacker.

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Malen is signed to SEG agency, which also has Erik ten Hag, Sofyan Amrabat, and Rasmus Hojlund, among their clientele.

Now the Red Devils are keen on a loan move for Malen with the added flexibility of having an option to make the deal permanent in the summer transfer window. However, we understand that Dortmund are more inclined towards a straightforward sale of the 24-year-old.

The Dutchman - who has scored five goals in 15 Bundesliga games so far this season - joined Dortmund from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2021 and his performances have caught the attention of several top European clubs in recent seasons, though there have always been concerns over his consistency.

The move would offer a layer of intrigue to the deal involving Jadon Sancho, whose return to Dortmund is currently up in the air.

Man Utd target Amadou Onana

It comes after FootballTransfers’ exclusive that Man Utd have begun talks with Everton midfielder Amadou Onana for this window.

Man Utd have liked Onana since the summer
© ProShots - Man Utd have liked Onana since the summer

Sources have told us that head coach Erik ten Hag wanted the player instead of Sofyan Amrabat in the summer, but they could not afford his fee. We are informed that money is there to bring in one significant signing in January, while the rest would be loan deals.

One of the reasons why the Premier League club want to bring in Onana from Goodison Park is because of the youngster’s versatility. Ten Hag feels that he he can play anywhere across the backline as well as in the No.6 position.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos, whose partial stake in the club was announced on Christmas Eve, want to revamp the whole of th midfield, including squad players. Even though they have been on a poor run of form, the Red Devils still have aspirations to challenge for Champions League football next season.

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