According to Sky Sports, Timothy Fosu-Mensah has rejected a new contract offer from Manchester United.
Fosu-Mensah is approaching the last six months of his contract with the club whilst he has attracted interest from abroad.
It’s claimed French Ligue 1 side Marseille and Bundesliga underdogs Hertha Berlin are keen to land the 22-year-old defender who will be available for little more than a compensation fee in a few months time.
However, it appears both clubs are prepared to part ways with a small fee in January to fend off competitions for Fosu-Mensah, who made just four starts in 2020.
Every club has them. The prospects who become professional footballers, the academy players who had no hopes of making the first-team in the first place, the ones who never even got the opportunity to prove themselves. And it’s fair to say that the Dutch defender is one of an unlucky number who it seems were just never quite cut out for the big stage.
Former Red Devils defender Clayton Blackmore told MUTV, as quoted by United in Focus: “He’s got great pace, great strength. He can’t be overlooked.
“He might be someone the manager has a headache about in the not so distant future.”
If anything, it’s in actual fact the total opposite, as he has arguably done very little to justify such a billing. In three appearances across all competitions this season, Fosu-Mensah, who earns around £15,000-per-week at Old Trafford, is averaging 1.3 tackles, 1.7 interceptions and a paltry 0.3 clearances on average per game, via WhoScored.
To be brutally honest, there are simply better options out there, as Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and to some extent Axel Tuanzebe have delivered for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
But this latest rejection should be the final straw, as it’s becoming clearer and clearer that his future lies elsewhere, and it may be in the best interests of all parties involved if the club were to sever their ties to the academy graduate.