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From Germany: Man Utd Favourites To Sign €40M Star With 16 Goal Involvements

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Manchester United are in pole position to sign Hoffenheim left-back with Borussia Dortmund unlikely to meet the asking price, Sky Germany reports.

The 24-year-old joined Hoffenheim on a free transfer from Greuther Furth last summer. He had a wonderful debut season with three goals and 13 assists from 35 appearances.

Raum operated from the left-back and left wing-back positions for the Bundesliga outfit. His performances have already made him a regular with the German national side.

It is now reported that Premier League clubs would be favourites to land Raum as Dortmund can’t afford to pay over €30 million. United are mentioned as the main suitors.

Meanwhile, a separate report from BILD (via Keven Bader) suggests that Hoffenheim want at least €40m for the attacking full-back with United, Newcastle and West Ham keen.

Raum had a fantastic season at Hoffenheim, excelling in ball movement and critical passes (2.6 per game). Despite this, he was a competent defensive player, averaging 1.6 tackles per game and 0.8 interceptions.

David Raum
David Raum

His qualities would be ideal for incoming manager Erik ten Hag, who prefers attacking football with overlapping full-backs. Denzel Dumfries has also been connected with the club in recent weeks.

While a new right-back could be a priority this summer, United’s interest in bolstering the left-back position remains to be seen. Last season, Luke Shaw and Alex Telles performed admirably.

Shaw had a number of injury setbacks, although he had been at the height of his game at the European Championships just a year before. Last season, Telles served as his deputy and contributed five goals.

Ten Hag may believe he can work with the present group of players, who are more forward-thinking than their right-back counterparts. We don’t see United spending a lot of money on Raum unless one of them quits.

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