Who is reported Manchester United target Matthew Hoppe?

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Schalke youngster Matthew Hoppe.

90Min report United are taking an interest in the 19-year-old striker’s performances for the Bundesliga’s bottom club.

What’s his situation?

Hoppe broke into the Schalke team this season, charged with adding goals to their battle against relegation.

He signed his first ever professional contract at the start of February, committing his future to the club until the end of the 2022-23 season.

Bulinews report that Hoppe wants to stay at Schalke even if they are relegated to the second tier.

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They are currently nine points adrift of safety, with such a bad goal difference that it’s effectively ten.

But the 90Min report claims Schalke’s financial situation means they could be left with no choice but to sell if the right offer comes in for the 19-year-old.

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Who does he play like?

A recent ESPN profile of Hoppe said the American hitman views Harry Kane as his earliest inspiration.

He now plays in the same league as United target Erling Haaland and reportedly models his game on the Norwegian too.

He’s not at the level of either man yet, but he clearly wants to grow into a hard-working, clinical striker.

This season he has a creditable five goals in 11 Bundesliga games. Not bad for playing in a struggling team.

The report also says that ‘his dedication, humility and willingness to learn are second to none and those qualities translate into industry and graft on the pitch.’

He’s clearly happy to chase lost causes and do his defensive work, which is something Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demands from all his forwards.

Is a move likely?

As mentioned above, Schalke look nailed on to be relegated this season.

90Min claim they were in £175 million of debt before the pandemic hit, tightening finances even further.

Relegation would no doubt be another blow and that could all add up to a situation where Schalke have to cash in on their assets.

Hoppe is still raw and an agreement which could suit all parties might be United buying him but loaning him back for another season to allow him to develop.

Playing every week – even if it is in the second tier – would allow him to develop into a goalscorer who can be relied upon to deliver the goods on a regular basis.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.