Manchester United are ready to part ways with Anthony Elanga on a permanent basis this summer.
Elanga has been called up for Sweden for June fixtures. But at the club level, the 21-year-old is so far down the pecking order that he’s certain to not feature in the FA Cup final against Manchester City on June 3 despite Anthony Martial’s injury and Wout Weghorst’s underwhelming form.
Erik ten Hag has not included the Swede in 10 of the last 13 Premier League matchday squads – a clear sign of lack of trust in the United academy talent, who broke through under Ralf Rangnick.
Ten Hag has placed his trust in another Manchester United academy product
In comparison, fellow academy graduate Alejandro Garnacho has enjoyed regular minutes under the former Ajax boss and was recently rewarded with a new long-term contract.
Ahead of United’s final league game of the season against Fulham, Ten Hag insisted he won’t be gifting starts to young players and everyone must earn their spot.
According to the Manchester Evening News, United had initially intended to loan the forward. But his situation under Ten Hag has convinced the hierarchy to consider offers for a permanent switch. The Red Devils have halved their asking price for him to £10 million.
Everton and Borussia Dortmund were interested in Elanga in January. United’s willingness to accept such a low fee for the versatile winger who has shown he has the physicality and athleticism to shine in Europe’s top leagues is bound to attract several suitors.
Meanwhile, Ten Hag wants United to bolster his attacking options during the transfer window. He has set his sights on Atalanta starlet Rasmus Hojlund and Eintracht Frankfurt main man Randal Kolo Muani. The United manager has even held video calls with the Danish striker.