Manchester United defender closing in on £1.5m transfer to Bayer Leverkusen

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Timothy Fosu-Mensah is closing in on a transfer to Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen, according to reports.

The 23-year-old defender is close to agreeing a permanent £1.5m deal with Bayer Leverkusen, as per the Manchester Evening News.

Fosu-Mensah previously had loan spells at Crystal Palace and Fulham but ultimately failed to nail down a place in the Manchester United line-up.

Instead of sitting idle at United, it’s time for the Dutchman to move on and search for a club where he will get more game time.

Bayer Leverkusen would be a good move for the defender, though he shouldn’t expect to walk into any team considering how difficult he found playing at Selhurst Park and Craven Cottage.

The report claims Fosu-Mensah favoured a return to his old club Ajax, but adds sources “accept that is unlikely”.

United triggered a one-year extension on his deal last year to protect his value, but Fosu-Mensah wants to play football again and we don’t blame him when he’s made just three appearances this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Fosu-Mensah would he leaving the club last Friday, saying: “I’m not sure if Timo is going to 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.

“It’s difficult when you’ve got good players, talented players, and you can’t give them game time.

“He’s now at the stage where he needs to go and play again. It might be [at the] end of January, or it might be in the summer that he finds somewhere else.”

All the best to Fosu-Mensah if he gets the move he desires.