According to reports, Manchester United and Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr have agreed to loan out striker Vincent Aboubakar.
After terminating Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract at the end of last month, the Red Devils are looking for a new centre forward. The 37-year-old has since teamed up with Aboubakar at Al-Nassr.
Aboubakar, who previously played for Porto and Besiktas, has spent the last 18 months at Al-Nassr. In 39 appearances across all competitions, he has scored 13 goals, including four goals in 12 games so far this season.
The 30-year-old recently led Cameroon to a historic 1-0 group-stage victory over Brazil while serving as the team’s captain at the 2022 World Cup.
According to a recent source, Aboubakar’s availability has ‘alarmed’ Man United, and Al-Nassr is willing to allow the seasoned striker to go out on loan.
Following Ronaldo’s arrival, Al-Nassr reached the number of non-Saudi Arabian players allowed in their first-team roster, and they are unable to register the Portuguese legend until one of their remaining seven foreign players leaves the club.
The Red Devils and Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce have an agreement in place to take Aboubakar on loan, according to Saudi Arabian news site OKAZ. The striker is anticipated to prefer a move to the Premier League.
Erik ten Hag’s offensive options would be improved by Aboubakar’s prospective short-term move to Old Trafford, and Al-Nassr would be able to officially register Ronaldo.
Aboubakar spoke highly of himself before the World Cup and thinks he can produce at a higher level than Egypt and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.
questioned about Salah in a conversation with @90football.
I understand people’s sentiments because he’s one of the Premier League’s top goal scorers, Fr. Aboubakar stated.
“It makes obvious that people will discuss when you talk about a player like him. I did, however, mention that it was my opinion and point of view.
I don’t care what people think since I’m not impressed by him. What he does, I can also do. I simply don’t have the chance to play for a major club.
If Ten Hag manages to get Aboubakar, it is unknown if he will try to sign another attack-minded player since the only two centre-forward alternatives at his disposal right now are Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
Due to speculation surrounding Memphis Depay’s long-term future at Barcelona, the former Red Devils forward has been linked with a potential return to Old Trafford.
Marcus Thuram of Borussia Monchengladbach and Joao Felix of Atletico Madrid are two further attackers who might go in January, but it’s said that United is unlikely to sign the latter for the £18.5 million cost that the Spanish club is seeking to approve a loan deal.
After signing backup goalkeeper Jack Butland on loan from Crystal Palace, Ten Hag plans to prioritise signing a center-forward this month.