Manchester United want to sign the Dutch international on loan for the rest of the season. He’s currently on loan at Besiktas, and they have the option to sign him permanently for around £10 million if they want in the Summer. This season he’s scored 8 goals and made 4 assists in 16 matches at the Turkish side and seemed to wave goodbye to the fan after his most recent goal.
Weghorst, 30, scored twice for the Netherlands at Qatar but only had 2 in 20 appearances for Burnley before his loan move to Turkey. The Athletic reports that he clashed with his Burnley teammates due to his over-confidence which some felt was arrogance, so he’s unlikely to be over-awed at Old Trafford.
There are potential stumbling blocks to the deal, however the player clearly wants the move so, barring extraordinary demands from Burnley or Besiktas, the likelihood of a deal is good. Turkish fansite Fanatik report that sporting director Ceyhun Kazanci is putting up a fight:
I don’t understand why Weghorst said goodbye to the fans, why he made such a move. He is our football player right now. Our contract expires at the end of the season.
If Manchester United or any other team wants Weghorst, they will meet with Burnley anyway. Burnley will then contact us and discuss the terms of separation. If we accept, the contract will be terminated. Otherwise, it will go on until the end of the season.
He can’t just go. There will have to be a reward for us to approve the separation. I’ll give an example. Burnley told us, ‘We made a deal with this team for Weghorst. We give you half of the transfer fee’. This may be a different condition. Then we’ll sit down and talk.
Given it’s a dream move for the player, he knows the manager and the fact a permanent deal for Besiktas would only be about £10 million this deal looks pretty achievable.