No break clause in Wout Weghorst loan deal, Man Utd target

No break clause in Wout Weghorst loan deal, Man Utd target

No break clause in Wout Weghorst loan deal, Man Utd target

Manchester United’s hopes of reaching a deal for Dutch international Wout Weghorst are in the hands of Besiktas after the Turkish club denied reports that his loan deal from Burnley includes a release clause.

Weghorst has become a January target for United with Erik ten Hag keen to bring in another striker to ease the burden on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Weghorst, 30, joined Burnley from Wolfsburg for £12m last January but was then allowed to go on loan in the summer following relegation to the Clarets on the final day of the Premier League campaign. .

The 6-foot-6 striker has scored nine goals in 18 games for Besiktas this term, including the winner in Saturday’s 2-1 Super Lig win over Kasimpasa.

He seemed to say goodbye to the club’s supporters after that match, but the Istanbul club is not ready to let him go yet.

A club statement on Monday read: “The claim that there is an exit clause in our player’s contract, which states that his contract can be terminated with compensation of €2.5m (£2.2m) in case of a Premier League offer, is fictitious

“The news that the player in question will leave the team on Tuesday is completely false. The initiative on Wout Weghorst belongs entirely to Besiktas.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United seeks to replace Cristiano Ronaldo (David Davies/PA)

Besiktas would want compensation before allowing Weghorst’s loan to be terminated early, particularly as his Burnley deal included a purchase option.

United are looking at the loan market to bring in an additional player after spending more than £200m in the summer.

United have until midday on Friday to finalize a deal if any new signings are eligible for Saturday’s Manchester derby against neighboring City.

The lack of depth in the attacking departments will influence Ten Hag’s selection decisions for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final at home to Charlton.

With the derby just around the corner, Ten Hag must manage his resources carefully, as he said on Friday night that Anthony Martial currently does not have the fitness levels required to be able to play every few days.

Bruno Fernandes is suspended and his natural replacement, Donny van de Beek, is injured, while Jadon Sancho is unavailable as he continues to train alone on his way back to full fitness.

Even without key players, United will be heavy favorites against mid-table rivals from League One as they look to progress to the last four.

The League Cup was the last trophy United lifted in 2017, before the likes of Diogo Dalot signed, and the Portugal full-back is desperate to fix that.

“I think it has to be an obsession for us to win trophies, to win things,” the 23-year-old said at a news conference with fans on Monday.

“I think you feel even more than I do, you are here longer than I do, that we have to win. This club is all about winning trophies.

“It is about competing and fighting in each trophy that we are. And this Carabao (Cup) is no smaller than a Champions League, than a Europa League. Obviously, it has different dimensions, but for us it’s a trophy and we want to win it.”

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