Former Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo could inadvertently boost Erik ten Hag’s hopes of signing former Burnley forward Wout Weghorst from Besiktas this month
Manchester United’s hopes of signing a new striker could be boosted by Cristiano Ronaldo just weeks after the Portuguese superstar departed Old Trafford.
Ronaldo, 37, just left United last month after agreeing to tear up the last six months of his contract during the World Cup and recently signed a lucrative deal with Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Nassr.
His departure means Erik ten Hag is eager to add to his attacking options this month, with former Burnley striker Wout Weghorst emerging as a surprise target over the weekend. But sealing a deal for the 30-year-old, who is currently on loan at Besiktas, is proving not to be easy.
Besiktas are reluctant to lose Weghorst and will need compensation and a replacement striker to allow the Clarets to shorten their deal to send the Dutch striker to Old Trafford – and such a move could see the Turkish giants move on. familiar face.
Athletic report that former Besiktas striker Vincent Aboubakar could return to the Turkish Super Lig team if Weghorst leaves. The 30-year-old, who scored 35 goals in 57 games in two seasons for the club, is currently on the books at Al-Nassr but is being approached by Besiktas and is tipped to move following Ronaldo’s arrival.
If Al-Nassr, as expected, allows Aboubakar to retire after signing Ronaldo, then the former United man could inadvertently aid Ten Hag in his quest to snare Weghorst.
The move for Weghorst fits the bill for United, who are only in the market for a loan deal this month after spending more than £200 million in the summer.
Although the striker struggled to make an impact in the Premier League after joining Burnley last January, he attracted attention at the World Cup, where he bagged two goals in the Netherlands’ quarter-final defeat to Argentina. He has also scored 10 goals in 21 games for Besiktas this season.
Despite the fact that United and Weghorst are eager to seal a deal, Besiktas sporting director Ceyhun Kazancı explained over the weekend that it was the club, who had the option to buy Weghorst permanently for €10m (£8.8m) at the end of the season. , will not give up his services without a fight.
As quoted from Fanatik, he said: “He is our current footballer. Our contract expires at the end of the season.
“If Manchester United or any other team wants Wegnorst, they will still meet with Burnley. Burnley will then contact us and discuss separation terms. If we accept that, the contract will be terminated. If not, it will continue until the end of the season.” season. He couldn’t just leave. There has to be a reward for us agreeing to a farewell.”