Manchester United have been handed a transfer boost after Anderlecht announced that Leander Dendoncker is to be granted a transfer.
United were believed to be one of a number of clubs looking to sign the 22-year-old during the summer, with Belgian side Anderlecht desperate to keep hold of the midfielder in the wake of selling Youri Tielemens to AS Monaco earlier in the summer.
Now Anderlecht manager Herman van Holsbeeck has revealed that the club would be happy to work with the player next summer to help him secure a move should he want to leave.
Van Holsbeeck told Sport/Foot:
“Dendoncker’s head was elsewhere.
“He showed his disappointment during training at not being transferred. His mate [Youri] Tielemans went to Monaco, and he was training with the national team, and he wanted, like them, to play in the biggest leagues.
“Certain people in his entourage put pressure on me, on the club or on his agent, Christophe Henrotay. Today, we’re prepared to pay him based on his status of key player and to work on his future transfer like we did for Youri. In fact, we all have an interest in working together.”
Dendoncker first attracted the attentions of United back in April, when he put in two impressive displays in United’s two Europa League games against the Belgian side, with the midfielder scoring a thunderous header.