According to Sky Sports Germany (via Sport Witness), Hoffenheim are ‘threatened’ by the interest that United and Borussia Dortmund are showing in the 24-year-old.
The report included quotes from the club’s sporting director Alexander Rosen, who said: “I would prefer to keep him. At the end of the day, it depends on what the market looks like and what chance the player has.
“If a top club comes and he gets the opportunity, then, of course, we will sit down with him. In the end, it’s always about an exchange based on trust.”
United have been heavily linked with Raum in recent days, and while their pulling power might not be what it once was given their failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League, it seems as if they may be able to convince him to come to Old Trafford if an agreement can be reached with Die Kraichgauer.
Both Alex Telles and Luke Shaw flattered to deceive last term, with WhoScored ratings of 6.89 and 6.64 respectively, and United supporters will undoubtedly want a more consistent option on the left-hand side of their defence next season.
Raum enjoyed a sensational debut campaign with Hoffenheim, contributing three goals and 11 assists in the Bundesliga, with WhoScored awarding him a superb 7.16 average rating for his performances.
The Germany international is extremely dangerous going forwards, with WhoScored stating that he excels at key passes, crossing, dribbling and taking set-pieces. Therefore, he could be a superb option in Ten Hag’s side, especially if his pinpoint crosses are met by Cristiano Ronaldo, statistically the best header of a ball in the 21st century.
Rosen was full of praise for Raum after his performances last season, saying: “David is a highly talented and extremely fast player with a strong left foot who has developed into one of the most sought-after full-backs in Germany thanks to his outstanding performance this season.”
Therefore, United fans will surely be delighted to hear that Hoffenheim would be willing to let the 24-year-old go this summer, if the Red Devils can make a convincing enough case to the Bundesliga outfit.