Hoffenheim director has already admitted David Raum could be sold this summer
A new name linked with a move to Manchester United in recent days is German international left-back David Raum.
Sky Germany confirmed Manchester United have held talks with Hoffenheim, although a deal is still some way off.
The Mail also reported United’s interest, with Borussia Dortmund also lurking.
Hoffenheim only signed Raum one year ago on a free transfer, and they have admitted it will be very tough to hold onto him.
David Raum could be sold this summer
Hoffenheim hiked Raum’s wages after just six months, signing him to a new more competitive deal in January, so soon after his move from Greuther Furth.
Even despite this, Hoffenheim are aware they may not be able to keep up with Raum’s meteoric rise over the past year, where he has earned his first Germany call-up, and since locked down the place as their number one left-back heading into the World Cup.
Raum managed 13 assists this past season, showing real attacking quality which has stirred interest from Manchester United.
Quoted by Sport1 last month, Hoffenheim director Alexander Rosen admitted: “David’s development is breathtaking and of course it doesn’t go unnoticed by other clubs.
“Of course we also have to generate transfer values at some point, that’s what carried us through the Corona period.”
Sport1 report Raum is already considering leaving, and Hoffenheim are ‘willing to talk if there was a corresponding transfer fee.’
The full-back was disappointed by Hoffenheim’s ninth placed finish and wants to play European football.
He said: “Of course you worry. I’m also honest, I would of course have liked to play internationally with Hoffenheim. That unfortunately did not work. It’s still a dream for me.”
Manchester United’s first priorities are in midfield, and then a move for Raum may stand a chance of progressing.
It will also depend on how United’s left-backs perform in pre-season, and how many of them, if any, impress Erik ten Hag.