Timothy Fosu-Mensah looks to be on the verge of leaving Manchester United for the Bundesliga giants after failing to break into Solskjaer’s first-team.
According to reports Fosu-Mensah is reportedly set to join Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. The deal will be worth £1.5 million as the 23-year old makes the move to Germany after rejecting a contract extension from Manchester United this season.
Fosu-Mensah joined United from Ajax back in 2014, but has struggled to get regular playing time since then. He has only made 30 appearances for the Red Devils in his six years with the club. He has spent most of his time on loan with Crystal Palace and Fulham recently.
While Leverkusen appear to have gotten the deal over the line for Fosu-Mensah, reports suggest that his former team Ajax entered the fray as well in trying to secure the signature of the 23-year-old.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told media on Friday that his expectation was that Fosu-Mensah was likely to depart, whether on a permanent deal this month or he would walk out for free in the summer. As reported by Goal, he said:
“I’m not sure if he will stay or if he’s going to take an option now. He’s not played enough, so of course he’s been allowed to speak to clubs with a view to leaving now in January.”
Fosu-Mensah came to Carrington as a 16-year-old from Ajax and made his debut against Arsenal. In recent years, however, he has been passed on by players like Brandon Williams, who also looks set to leave the club this month, but on loan.
He has the talent to become a good right-back, but due to the depth at United, he has failed to break into the first-team. As a result, it is perhaps best for his career to move on and look to establish himself somewhere else.