Sasa Kalajdzic wants to Man United in boost for Erik ten Hag | Football

Sasa Kalajdzic had been linked with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund (Image: Getty)

Sasa Kalajdzic had been linked with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund (Image: Getty)

Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic is keen to join Manchester United this summer in a huge boost for Erik ten Hag, according to reports.

United held talks about Kalajdzic last month and had been thought to face a tough battle to sign him – with Bayern Munich previously interested – as the German champions saw him as a long-term replacement for Robert Lewandowski.

Ten Hag are keen to bring in an all-rounder this summer, with the club’s need for more firepower compounded by the uncertainty surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future and Paris Saint-Germain’s interest in Marcus Rashford.

Borussia Dortmund were also previously keen on Kalajdzic, who has scored 22 goals in 49 Bundesliga games, but Sky Sports are now reporting that the 25-year-old Austria international wants to move to Old Trafford instead.

Kalajdzic has just one year left on his current deal and is believed to be available for around £20m.

Despite that, former United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has warned Kalajdzic against a move to Manchester and suggested he should remain at his current club.

“It is important that Sasa stays injury free this season and trains and plays at the highest possible level,” Rangnick said.

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‘If he stays in Stuttgart this season, it will not be detrimental to his development.’

Kalajdzic is keen to get his future sorted out one way or another, recently telling DAZN: ‘I don’t know myself what my future will look like, but it will be revealed in the next couple of weeks or so quickly as possible, but I can ‘Neither influence many things.’

The towering striker, who is more of an old-fashioned number nine, scored six goals and made two assists in 15 Bundesliga games last season, but missed a large part of the campaign through injury.

In the 2020/21 season, he scored 16 goals and laid on five more, while also impressing at Euro 2020, notably giving eventual champions Italy a number of problems in the last 16.

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