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Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has joined Bayer Leverkusen from the Bundesliga for £ 1.75 million.
The 23-year-old left the Ajax youth setup to join the Red Devils in 2014 and entered the game 30 times in all competitions for the first team.
Fosu-Mensah made nine of those appearances with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after recovering from an ACL injury that kept him out for much of the 2019/20 campaign.
But the Dutch international, who was previously on loan at Crystal Palace and Fulham, has not appeared since a 3-2 loss to RB Leipzig on 8 December.
Fosu-Mensah has signed a deal until 2024 in Leverkusen, which according to the PA news agency paid United in the region of 2 million euros (£ 1.75 million).
The defender’s contract expired at Old Trafford this summer and Solskjaer made it clear last week that the defender would be leaving the club soon..
“I’m not sure if Tim is going to stay or if he’s going to make a choice now,” the United manager said.
“He hasn’t played enough, so of course he was allowed to talk to the clubs with a view to leaving now in January.
“It’s difficult when you have good players, talented players and you can’t give them playing time and now he’s at the stage where he needs to go play again.
“It may be in late January or it may be in the summer that I find somewhere else.
“He’s working hard, Tim, so he’s ready for a move at whatever club he feels ready for.”
Man Utd runs out of Lingard suitors
Yet another fringe player who may not leave United is Jesse Lingard.
The midfielder hasn’t played anything in the Premier League this season, but the club recently extended his contract until 2022 and there are doubts about his near-term future.
He was linked to Sheffield United, but would reportedly be “reluctant” to join a team fighting relegation.
Inter Milan would be another potential receiver, but apparently they have regressed in the race to sign him.
Therefore, Lingard may have to stay, unless Nice reaffirms its interest in taking him to France.
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