Manchester United should be using Euro 2020 to look at potential signings and one available player stated his case on Sunday.
The Athletic’s Radar Euros guide reported last week Marcel Sabitzer could be available from RB Leipzig at just 15 million Euros this summer – £13 million.
This discount fee is because Sabitzer’s contract runs out in 2022. Clubs around Europe should be keen on the midfielder and his performance for Austria against North Macedonia at Euro 2020 on Sunday highlighted why.
Starring role and United should take note
Sabitzer helped Austria to a 3-1 victory in an entertaining game against North Macedonia.
He helped run the midfield, touching the ball 83 times and completing 91 per cent of his passes.
Sabitzer created three chances too, more than any other player on the pitch. He provided the assist for Stefan Lainer’s opening goal.
The Austria international also won three tackles and one interception, contributing on both sides of the ball.
He will next up face the Netherlands and then Ukraine, and Austria are well placed early on to reach the second round.
Quality, value, experience, and leadership
Sabitzer is a central midfielder who can play various roles and has done for Leipzig this season.
He is a box to box player who can play a defensive midfield role if required, doing so in seven starts for Leipzig last season.
He scored nine goals for Leipzig and provided four assists in all competitions.
Leipzig are in transition after Julian Nagelsmann left for Bayern Munich and this could be the right time for club captain Sabitzer to move on.
Sabitzer, 27, is not so much the defensive midfielder United are looking for, instead he should be viewed as an upgrade and replacement for Fred.
A midfield of Scott McTominay and Marcel Sabitzer would carry more threat than the status quo, while also being very adept defensively.
At a price of just £13 million, Sabitzer would be a deal which is almost too good to pass up.
Sabitzer ranked inside the top 10 players in the Bundesliga last season for passes made into the penalty area. Jadon Sancho sits at number one.
He is also ranked as one of the top 10 ‘progressive passers’ in the Bundesliga according to FBRef.com.
With money being diverted towards a deal for Jadon Sancho, along with a right-back and centre-back potentially, there is a chance midfield gets overlooked.
That’s why a cheap deal for Sabitzer would be an astute way to strengthen. Sometimes you have to be opportunistic in the transfer market. But if United leave it too late, he will be snapped up by another sensible club.
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