Man United have reportedly called off the deal to sign Bayer Leverkusen right back Jeremie Frimpong. According to Fabrizio Romano’s earlier report, the player himself wanted to join the Red Devils. Man United did have transfer talks with the player but Aaron Van-Bissaka’s good performances shifted United’s attention to other positions. Erik Ten Hag preferred to choose between Van-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot as his first choice. He said,
“I think it’s really close, the competition between them. Maybe Aaron gives you a little bit more defending, Diogo gives you maybe a little more offence.”
According to a report published by Fabrizio Romano in May,
“They had a meeting with the agent of the player, it was one month ago. It was a positive meeting. Frimpong is giving priority to Premier League football in general. He would love to return to Manchester, he was in the Manchester City academy. He appreciates the city and the lifestyle there.”
A crucial player for Xabi Alonso and Bayer Leverkusen
The former Man City youth player has five goals and seven assists from 16 appearances this season for Bayer Leverkusen. Xabi Alonso has been phenomenal for Bayer Leverkusen as a manager. He has broken Bayern Munich’s record of best possible start to a Bundesliga season. According to Axel Hesse of BILD,
“If you had asked me after last season whether Jeremie would still play for Leverkusen, I would have thought it impossible”
Frimpong had already made up his mind for a move to United in the summer and was really disappointed that the move fell through. But Bayer’s recent success and charge for the Bundesliga title may have changed the player’s mind. Man United’s poor form this season may change Erik Ten Hag’s mind too, on reinforcing the right back position with a better attacking option, which Frimpong clearly is.
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