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Manchester United Frontrunners To Sign This Villarreal Forward: Should Rangnick Get Him On Board?

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Pratik Das
The youngest member of The 4th Official and an ardent Premier League fan who is basically obsessed with scouting young talents and is consumed by the idea of finding the perfect number 10.

Recent reports from Spanish media outlet Fichajes state that Manchester United are keen on signing Villarreal winger Arnaut Danjuma in the summer transfer window as Ralf Rangnick looks set to add to his options in attack.

‘Even Klopp’s men came close to signing him when he was at Bournemouth, but Villarreal beat him to the race. Now, Manchester United is the best positioned in the different contexts that have occurred.

The price will not be accessible at all, but that has not been a problem for United at any time. Now, the signing of Díaz by Liverpool, the situation at Manchester United and other teams like Tottenham with a project that is still not flashy, make the ‘Red Devils’ get closer to the goal.’ – The translated version of the report read.

The Dutchman’s current contract at the Estadio de la Ceramica expires in 2026, so it’s evident that Villarreal won’t give up on him without putting up a tough fight. However, with Tottenham Hotspur rather keen on recruiting from Serie A, Manchester United have significantly high chances of securing the player’s signature.

Danjuma’s 2021/22 Season In Numbers

Having come through the ranks at Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, Arnaut Danjuma signed for La Liga side Villarreal CF from AFC Bournemouth in the summer of 2021 for a fee in the region of €23.5 million. It would be an understatement to say that the 25-year-old winger has hit the ground running in Spain as he has bagged twelve goals and provided three assists in his 21 appearances this season – often performing brilliantly at the highest level.

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Arnaut Danjuma of Villarreal CF controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Atalanta and Villarreal CF at Gewiss Stadium on December 09, 2021 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
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Besides, he has managed to put up some awe-inspiring numbers on the board this term – averaging 3.1 shots, 0.5 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Spanish top-flight (calculated over 15 appearances). Furthermore, with an average WhoScored rating of 7.06, the Netherlands international has been one of his side’s most consistent attackers this season.

While Danjuma is mainly a left-winger, he can fulfil the number 9 role as well as the role of a right-winger.

Should Rangnick Get Him On Board?

Marcus Rashford has been in terrible form over the past few weeks, whereas it’s highly likely that Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard will depart the club in the summer. Juan Mata’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season, while Mason Greenwood remains suspended until further notice after being arrested on suspicion of rape and assault.

Given the circumstances, Manchester United need some fresh recruitments in the winger’s department if they intend to strengthen the present squad – and Arnaut Danjuma fits the bill perfectly. Aged 25, the Lagos-born forward is the ideal option for the Red Devils as he is clinical, aggressive, and highly effective down the wings.

(Stats from WhoScored)

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